Saturday August 15, 1942
US date format: 8/15/1942, UK date format: 15/8/1942
It was Saturday, under the sign of Leo (see birth chart on August 15, 1942). The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Winston Churchill (Conservative), Pope Pius XII was leading the Catholic Church.
Famous people born on this day include Maryse Joissains-Masini and Larry Hartsell.
The Palm Beach Story, directed by Preston Sturges, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942
But much more happened that day: find out below..
Which were the important events of August 15, 1942?
- Hawaii ? Toro Nagashi (Floating Lantern Ceremony) to commemorate the end of the second world war
- Poland ? Polish Armed Forces Day
- Eastern Orthodoxy ? Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, the commemoration of the death of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
- RC Saints ? Feast day of the Assumption of Mary, the mother of Jesus, Holy Day of Obligation. Public Holiday in: Austria, Belgium, Cameroon, Chile, C(te d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, East Timor, France, Greece, India, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Mauritius, Poland, Portugal, Seychelles, Slovenia and Spain.
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- 5 hostages executed by Nazis in St-Michielsgestel
- The United States 101st Airborne Division is officially activated, at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana.
- World War II: Operation Pedestal : The SS Ohio reaches the island of Malta barely afloat carrying vital fuel supplies for the island's defenses.
- Polish-Jewish teacher Janusz Korczak follows a group of Jewish children into the Treblinka death camp.
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- Mahadev Desai: personal secretary of Mahatma Gandhi...