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1942 Historical Event(s)
- February 9, 1942 – Year-round Daylight saving time is re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources.
- February 15, 1942 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Horse in Chinese astrology.
- February 20, 1942 – Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America’s first World War II flying ace.
- March 11, 1942 – World War II: General Douglas MacArthur leaves Corregidor.
- July 19, 1942 – World War II: Battle of the Atlantic – German Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz orders the last U-boats to withdraw from their United States Atlantic coast positions in response to the effective American convoy system.
- November 26, 1942 – World War II: Yugoslav Partisans convene the first meeting of the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia at Bihać in northwestern Bosnia.
- November 30, 1942 – World War II: Guadalcanal Campaign: Battle of Tassafaronga – A smaller squadron of Japanese destroyers led by Raizō Tanaka defeats a US cruiser force under Carleton H. Wright.
- December 2, 1942 – Manhattan Project: A team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.
- December 12, 1942 – World War II: German troops begin Operation Winter Storm, an attempt to relieve encircled Axis forces during the Battle of Stalingrad.
- December 27, 1942 – The Union of Pioneers of Yugoslavia is founded.
Who Were Born On 1942?
- January 27, 1942 – John Witherspoon, American actor
- March 2, 1942 – John Irving, American author
- April 13, 1942 – Bill Conti, American composer
- June 8, 1942 – Chuck Negron, American singer (Three Dog Night)
- August 4, 1942 – Cleon Jones, American baseball player
- August 7, 1942 – B.J. Thomas, American singer
- September 18, 1942 – Alex Stepney, English football goalkeeper
- September 22, 1942 – Marlena Shaw, American singer
- December 9, 1942 – Dick Butkus, American football player
- December 17, 1942 – Paul Butterfield, American musician (d. 1987)