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1942 Historical Event(s)
- February 1, 1942 – World War II: Josef Terboven, Reichskommissar of German-occupied Norway, appoints Vidkun Quisling the Minister President of the National Government.
- February 11, 1942 – The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
- 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 20, 1942 – World War II: General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he says: “I came out of Bataan and I shall return”.
- April 15, 1942 – The George Cross is awarded to “to the island fortress of Malta – its people and defenders” by King George VI.
- August 6, 1942 – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands becomes the first reigning queen to address a joint session of the United States Congress.
- August 24, 1942 – World War II: The Battle of the Eastern Solomons. Japanese aircraft carrier Ryūjō is sunk and US carrier USS Enterprise heavily damaged.
- November 13, 1942 – World War II: Naval Battle of Guadalcanal – U.S. and Japanese ships engage in an intense, close-quarters surface naval engagement during the Battle of Guadalcanal.
- December 24, 1942 – World War II: French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, assassinates Vichy French Admiral François Darlan in Algiers.
Who Were Born On 1942?
- January 11, 1942 – Leo Cullum, American cartoonist (d. 2010)
- January 27, 1942 – Stewart Raffill, American film director
- February 25, 1942 – Karen Grassle, American actress
- March 4, 1942 – Gloria Gaither, American gospel songwriter
- May 19, 1942 – Gary Kildall, American computer programmer (d. 1994)
- June 21, 1942 – Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, American TV reporter and Congresswoman
- June 24, 1942 – Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, Chilean president
- November 21, 1942 – Afa Anoa'i, Samoan/American wrestler
- December 12, 1942 – Peter Sarstedt, British musician
- December 17, 1942 – Paul Butterfield, American musician (d. 1987)