By this time, the world was in despair over the raging Second World War. Mrs. Miniver was the highest grossing film in the world starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon.
Le Silence de la Mer (The Silence of the Sea) by Jean Bruller and issued discreetly. The novel focused on the resistance of the Nazi occupation of France. Distribution was only possible for a hundred copies in France while the Nazis destroyed the rest. By year’s end, White Christmas by Bing Crosby was at the top of all the major hit lists in Europe and the USA.
The United Nations is the elite body that ensures that peace reigns on earth and mediates between warring factions. On January 1, 1942, USA President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his British counterpart, Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued a signed declaration called the United Nations. The UN started with 26 nations.
The USA had stayed out of the war until the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. By May 15, 1942, gasoline rationing began in 17 states on the USA East coast. This was an attempt to help the American effort in the war. President Franklin D. Roosevelt then moved to ensure there was mandatory gasoline rationing in all the 50 states of the USA.
Hitler and his Nazi party had a conviction that Jews were not people but beasts and this saw the slaughter of thousands of Jews. On October 29, 1942, the leading British political figures and the clergy held a public meeting to protest against the ongoing persecution of the Jews by the Nazis.
Nazi Germany had sought to host the 1942 FIFA World Cup but the event failed to take place because of the raging war. This year also saw the birth of individuals who were to shape a generation including, British physicist Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest boxers of all time Muhammad Ali, American Singer Aretha Franklin and many others.
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Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Starring: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters
Country: United States
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Starring: Simone Simon, Tom Conway, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Starring: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee
Which were the top hits of 1942 ?
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1942 in the USA ?
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