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1942 Historical Event(s)
- January 16, 1942 – Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard.
- January 24, 1942 – World War II: The Allies bombard Bangkok, leading Thailand to declare war against the United States and United Kingdom.
- 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 14, 1942 – Battle of Pasir Panjang contributes to the fall of Singapore.
- February 15, 1942 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Horse in Chinese astrology.
- May 31, 1942 – World War II: Imperial Japanese Navy midget submarines begin a series of attacks on Sydney, Australia.
- June 5, 1942 – World War II: United States declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.
- June 8, 1942 – World War II: Japanese imperial submarines I-21 and I-24 shell the Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle.
- October 30, 1942 – Lt. Tony Fasson, Able Seaman Colin Grazier and canteen assistant Tommy Brown from HMS Petard board U-559, retrieving material which would lead to the decryption of the German Enigma code.
- December 12, 1942 – World War II: German troops begin Operation Winter Storm, an attempt to relieve encircled Axis forces during the Battle of Stalingrad.
Who Were Born On 1942?
- January 27, 1942 – Kate Wolf, American folk singer and songwriter (d. 1986)
- March 3, 1942 – Mike Pender, English singer and guitarist (The Searchers)
- March 4, 1942 – Christopher Shackle, retired Professor of Modern Languages of South Asia in the University of London
- March 31, 1942 – Ulla Hoffmann, Swedish politician
- May 18, 1942 – Albert Hammond, British/Gibraltarian musician and composer
- July 17, 1942 – Gale Garnett, Canadian singer
- July 28, 1942 – Tonia Marketaki, Greek film director and screenwriter (d. 1994)
- October 13, 1942 – Walter McGowan, Scottish boxer
- December 16, 1942 – Eugene Robert Glazer, American actor
- December 23, 1942 – John Peterman, American fashion designer