Thursday 17 December 1942
It was Thursday, under the sign of Sagittarius (see planets position on December 17, 1942). The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Jeffrey Wigand and Paul Butterfield.
Commandos Strike at Dawn, directed by John Farrow, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942
On TV people were watching Voice of America News.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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Which were the important events of 17 December 1942 ?
- Jeffrey Wigand: American hero, a man who emerged from the button-down corporate world as a socially conscious protagonist in a story so dramatic that it became a winning motion picture, "The Insider," in which Russell Crowe played the role of Jeffrey Wigand.
- Paul Butterfield: American singer/harmonica player, dies of drug abuse at age 44 (born 1942).
- Dennis Conner: Athlete.
- Bernard Hill: Manchester -- Actor (Bellman & True, New World, Bounty).
- Donald L. Carcieri: Politician.
- Muhammadu Buhari: Nigerian general and politician 7th Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
- Paul Butterfield in Chicago: Illinois, USA; blues musician (Better Days).
- Dick Murphy: Politician.
- Allies in London sentence German war criminals.
- The Allies issue the Joint Declaration by Members of the United Nations, the first time they publicly acknowledge the Holocaust.
- An avalanche in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania kills 26, including Vulcan Crucible Steel Co heir-apparent Samuel A. Stafford Sr., when two 100 ton boulders fall on a bus filled with wartime steel workers on their way home.
- An airplane carrying prominent Ustashe general Jure Francetić crashes. Francetić dies as result of the injuries on December 27.