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1942 Historical Event(s)
- February 15, 1942 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Horse in Chinese astrology.
- June 21, 1942 – World War II: Tobruk falls to Italian and German forces.
- July 1, 1942 – World War II: first Battle of El Alamein.
- July 22, 1942 – The United States government begins compulsory civilian gasoline rationing due to the wartime demands.
- July 25, 1942 – Norwegian Manifesto calls for nonviolent resistance to the Nazis.
- October 9, 1942 – The last day of the October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as United States Marine Corps forces withdraw back across the Matanikau River after destroying most of the Imperial Japanese Army’s 4th Infantry Regiment.
- October 29, 1942 – The Holocaust: In the United Kingdom, leading clergymen and political figures hold a public meeting to register outrage over Nazi Germany’s persecution of Jews.
- November 11, 1942 – World War II: Nazi Germany completes its occupation of France.
- November 15, 1942 – World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219.
- December 4, 1942 – World War II: Carlson’s patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign ends.
Who Were Born On 1942?
- January 27, 1942 – Stewart Raffill, American film director
- February 1, 1942 – Terry Jones, Welsh actor and writer
- February 28, 1942 – Frank Bonner, American actor
- March 4, 1942 – Henk van der Kroon, Dutch founder and president of the Federation of European Carnival Cities
- July 1, 1942 – Mike Malloy, American talk radio host
- July 12, 1942 – Tam White, Scottish blues singer and actor (d. 2010)
- July 23, 1942 – Myra Hindley, English multiple murderer (d. 2002)
- September 10, 1942 – Danny Hutton, American singer
- November 17, 1942 – Kang Kek Iew, Cambodian politician and criminal
- December 3, 1942 – Alice Schwarzer, German journalist