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1942 Historical Event(s)
- January 26, 1942 – World War II: The first United States forces arrive in Europe landing in Northern Ireland.
- 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.
- May 26, 1942 – World War II: The Battle of Bir Hakeim takes place.
- August 11, 1942 – Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil receive a patent for a frequency hopping, spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and Wi-Fi.
- September 20, 1942 – Holocaust in Letychiv, Ukraine. In the course of two days the German SS murders at least 3,000 Jews.
- October 23, 1942 – World War II: Second Battle of El Alamein: – At El Alamein in northern Egypt, the British Eighth Army under Field Marshal Montgomery begins a critical offensive to expel the Axis armies from Egypt.
- October 26, 1942 – World War II: In the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands during the Guadalcanal Campaign, one U.S. aircraft carrier, Hornet, is sunk and another aircraft carrier, Enterprise, is heavily damaged.
- November 3, 1942 – World War II: The Koli Point action begins during the Guadalcanal Campaign and ends on November 12.
- 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.
Who Were Born On 1942?
- January 13, 1942 – Carol Cleveland, English actress
- February 2, 1942 – Graham Nash, British-born American musician
- February 8, 1942 – Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (d. 2004)
- March 16, 1942 – James Soong, Taiwanese politician
- April 23, 1942 – Sandra Dee, American actress (d. 2005)
- June 20, 1942 – Brian Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys)
- July 22, 1942 – Peter Habeler, Austrian mountaineer
- November 2, 1942 – Shere Hite, American-German author
- November 24, 1942 – Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian
- December 19, 1942 – Cornell Dupree, American session guitarist