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1942 Historical Event(s)
- January 25, 1942 – World War II: Thailand declares war on the United States and United Kingdom.
- February 1, 1942 – World War II: Josef Terboven, Reichskommissar of German-occupied Norway, appoints Vidkun Quisling the Minister President of the National Government.
- February 15, 1942 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Horse in Chinese astrology.
- April 8, 1942 – World War II: Siege of Leningrad – Soviet forces open a much-needed railway link to Leningrad.
- May 28, 1942 – World War II: in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazis in Czechoslovakia kill over 1,800 people.
- June 5, 1942 – World War II: United States declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.
- June 11, 1942 – World War II: The United States agrees to send Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union.
- August 13, 1942 – Major General Eugene Reybold of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizes the construction of facilities that would house the “Development of Substitute Materials” project, better known as the Manhattan Project.
- 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.
- December 12, 1942 – A fire in a hostel in St. John’s, Newfoundland, kills 100 people.
Who Were Born On 1942?
- January 30, 1942 – Marty Balin, American musician
- February 12, 1942 – Ehud Barak, Israeli politician, Prime Minister of Israel (1999–2001)
- February 25, 1942 – Karen Grassle, American actress
- August 24, 1942 – Howard Jacobson, British novelist and newspaper columnist
- September 17, 1942 – Des Lynam, English television presenter
- October 1, 1942 – Robert Lelièvre, French singer, songwriter and guitar player
- October 13, 1942 – Pamela Tiffin, American film actress
- October 20, 1942 – Earl Hindman, American actor (d. 2003)
- November 9, 1942 – Tom Weiskopf, American golfer
- December 12, 1942 – Peter Sarstedt, British musician