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1942 Historical Event(s)
- February 8, 1942 – World War II: Japan invades Singapore.
- 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.
- April 26, 1942 – Benxihu Colliery accident in Manchukuo leaves 1549 Chinese miners dead.
- August 21, 1942 – World War II: the Guadalcanal campaign: American forces defeat an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru.
- August 25, 1942 – World War II: second day of the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. A Japanese naval transport convoy headed towards Guadalcanal is turned-back by an Allied air attack, losing one destroyer and one transport sunk, and one light cruiser heavily damaged.
- August 30, 1942 – World War II: the Battle of Alam Halfa begins.
- September 10, 1942 – World War II: The British Army carries out an amphibious landing on Madagascar to re-launch Allied offensive operations in the Madagascar Campaign.
- September 23, 1942 – World War II: First day of the September Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as United States Marine Corps forces attack Imperial Japanese Army units along the Matanikau River.
- December 27, 1942 – The Union of Pioneers of Yugoslavia is founded.
Who Were Born On 1942?
- January 1, 1942 – Al Hunt, American reporter and news anchor
- January 9, 1942 – Judy Malloy, American hypertext fiction pioneer and artist
- February 20, 1942 – Charlie Gillett, British radio DJ
- March 4, 1942 – James Gustave Speth, American environmental lawyer and advocate
- April 2, 1942 – Hiroyuki Sakai, Japanese chef
- June 9, 1942 – Anton Burghardt, German footballer
- June 18, 1942 – Nick Tate, Australian actor
- July 16, 1942 – Margaret Court, Australian tennis player
- September 12, 1942 – Tomás Marco, Spanish/Basque composer
- September 29, 1942 – Madeline Kahn, American actress (d. 1999)