1942

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.

1942

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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Best picture

Mrs. Miniver

Mrs. Miniver

Mrs. Miniver

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, May Whitty

Country: United States of America

Best director

William Wyler

Mrs. Miniver

Mrs. Miniver

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, May Whitty

Country: United States of America

Best actress

Greer Garson

Mrs. Miniver

Mrs. Miniver

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, May Whitty

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actor

Van Heflin

Johnny Eager

Johnny Eager

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

Starring: Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Edward Arnold, Van Heflin

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actress

Teresa Wright

Mrs. Miniver

Mrs. Miniver

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, May Whitty

Country: United States of America

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Time Person of the Year

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Joseph Stalin
By 1942, Stalin was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and Premier of the Soviet Union, overseeing the Battle of Stalingrad (1942–1943).
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Casablanca

Casablanca

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Country: United States of America

To Be or Not to Be

To Be or Not to Be

Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch

Starring: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart

Country: United States of America

Now, Voyager

Now, Voyager

Directed by: Irving Rapper

Starring: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper

Country: United States of America

Random Harvest

Random Harvest

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

Starring: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters

Country: United States of America

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Starring: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

Country: United States of America

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  • 01 Jan 1942 US and 25 other countries sign a united declaration against the Axis
  • 02 Jan 1942 The 28 nations at war with the Axis pledge no separate peace.
  • 03 Jan 1942 American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) Command forms.
  • 04 Jan 1942 Premier Churchill and General Marshall fly to Florida
  • 05 Jan 1942 55 German tanks reach North-Africa.
  • 06 Jan 1942 Bob Feller, enlists in Navy and reports for duty to Norfolk Virginia
  • 07 Jan 1942 WW II siege of Bataan starts
  • 09 Jan 1942 Joe Louis knocks out Buddy Baer in one round for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 10 Jan 1942 Japan invades North-Celebes, Dutch East Indies.
  • 11 Jan 1942 Japan conquers Kuala Lumpur, Malaya.
  • 12 Jan 1942 British troops reconquer Sollum.
  • 13 Jan 1942 Allied Conference for war trials
  • 14 Jan 1942 Japanese troops land at oil center Balikpapan in Borneo.
  • 15 Jan 1942 FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WWII
  • 16 Jan 1942 William Knudsen becomes first civilian appointed a General in US army.
  • 19 Jan 1942 Japanese forces invade Burma
  • 20 Jan 1942 Japanese invade Burma
  • 21 Jan 1942 Bronx magistrate rules all pinball machines illegal.
  • 22 Jan 1942 Japanese air raid on Rabaul, New Britain.
  • 23 Jan 1942 Japanese troops occupy Rabaul, New Britain.
  • 24 Jan 1942 Musical Star & Garter, premieres in New York City
  • 25 Jan 1942 Lieutenant General Rommels African corps reaches Msus
  • 26 Jan 1942 1st US force in Europe during WWII go ashore in Northern Ireland
  • 28 Jan 1942 German troops occupy Benghazi, Libya.
  • 29 Jan 1942 German and Italian troops occupy Benghazi.
  • 30 Jan 1942 World War II: Japanese forces invade the island of Ambon in the Dutch East Indies.
  • 31 Jan 1942 62 U-boats sunk this month (327,000 ton)
  • 01 Feb 1942 World War II: U.S. Navy conducts Marshalls-Gilberts raids, the first offensive action by the United States against Japanese forces in the Pacific Theater.
  • 02 Feb 1942 US auto factories switch from commercial to war production.
  • 03 Feb 1942 Baseball owners agree to permit each club up to 14 night games in 1942.
  • 04 Feb 1942 Clinton Pierce becomes first US General wounded in action in World War II.
  • 05 Feb 1942 Woman of the Year, starring Hepburn and Tracy opens at Radio City
  • 06 Feb 1942 World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Thailand.
  • 07 Feb 1942 Maritime Commission fleet operations transferred to War Shipping Administration (lasting until September 1, 1946).
  • 08 Feb 1942 US Congress advises President Franklin Roosevelt that Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort.
  • 09 Feb 1942 Philadelphia "Phillies" change nickname (temporarily) to "Phils".
  • 10 Feb 1942 Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold disc for selling 1 million copies of Chattanooga Choo Choo
  • 11 Feb 1942 Archie comic book debuts.
  • 14 Feb 1942 Japanese parachutists land near oil center in Palembang, Sumatra.
  • 15 Feb 1942 Singapore surrenders to Japanese
  • 16 Feb 1942 German submarines attack Aruba oil refinery.
  • 17 Feb 1942 US Army General Douglas MacArthur reaches Australia and takes command of Allied forces.
  • 18 Feb 1942 Japanese troops land on Bali.
  • 19 Feb 1942 About 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin
  • 20 Feb 1942 Lieutenant E H O'Hare single-handedly shoots down five Japanese heavy bombers.
  • 21 Feb 1942 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn.
  • 22 Feb 1942 World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as the Japanese victory becomes inevitable.
  • 23 Feb 1942 World War II: Japanese submarines fire artillery shells at the California coastline near Santa Barbara.
  • 24 Feb 1942 Voice of America begins broadcasting (in German).
  • 25 Feb 1942 The Princess Elizabeth registers for war service.
  • 26 Feb 1942 German battle cruiser Gneisenau deactivated by bomb
  • 27 Feb 1942 1st transport of French Jews to Nazi-Germany
  • 28 Feb 1942 Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit, Illinois.
  • 01 Mar 1942 Suriname camp for NSB people opens to save Jews.
  • 02 Mar 1942 14th Academy Awards: How Green was My Valley, Gary Cooper, and Joan Fontaine win.
  • 03 Mar 1942 World War II: Ten Japanese warplanes raid the town of Broome, Western Australia, killing more than 100 people.
  • 05 Mar 1942 Bosnia Tito establishes 3rd Proletarit Brigade in Bosnia
  • 07 Mar 1942 First cadets graduated from flying school at Tuskegee.
  • 08 Mar 1942 Japanese forces captures Rangoon Burma
  • 09 Mar 1942 Construction of the Alaska Highway begins.
  • 11 Mar 1942 US General Douglas MacArthur leaves Corregidor (Bataan) for Australia.
  • 12 Mar 1942 British troops vacate the Andamanen in Gulf of Bengal.
  • 13 Mar 1942 Julia Flikke, Nurse Corps, becomes 1st woman Colonel in US army
  • 14 Mar 1942 Orvan Hess and John Bumstead became the first in the world to successfully treat a patient, Anne Miller, using penicillin.
  • 15 Mar 1942 Alexander van Zemlinsky, Austrian/US composer (African Dance), dies at age 70.
  • 16 Mar 1942 The first V-2 rocket test launch. It exploded at lift-off.
  • 17 Mar 1942 Belzec Concentration Camp opens-30,000 Lublin Polish Jews transported.
  • 18 Mar 1942 Illegal Free Netherlands announces boycott of theaters.
  • 19 Mar 1942 FDR orders men between 45 and 64 to register for non military duty
  • 20 Mar 1942 Convoy PQ13 departs Reykjavik Iceland to Russia
  • 21 Mar 1942 Convoy QP9 departs Great Britain to Murmansk
  • 22 Mar 1942 World War II: In the Mediterranean Sea, the Royal Navy confronts Italy's Regia Marina in the Second Battle of Sirte.
  • 23 Mar 1942 US moves native-born of Japanese ancestry into detention centers.
  • 25 Mar 1942 700 Jews of Polish Lvov-district reach Belzec Concentration camp.
  • 26 Mar 1942 1st 700 Jews from Polish Lvov-district reach concentration camp Belzec
  • 27 Mar 1942 Joe Louis knocks out Abe Simon in six to retain heavyweight boxing title (New York City, New York).
  • 28 Mar 1942 British naval forces raid Nazi occupied French port of St. Nazaire
  • 29 Mar 1942 British cruiser Trinidad torpedoes itself in the Barents Sea
  • 30 Mar 1942 SS murders 200 inmates of Trawniki labor camp.
  • 01 Apr 1942 Allied air raid on harbor city Kupang, Timor.
  • 05 Apr 1942 World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy launches a carrier-based air attack on Colombo, Ceylon during the Indian Ocean Raid. Port and civilian facilities are damaged and the Royal Navy cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire are sunk southwest of the island.
  • 09 Apr 1942 Battle of Bataan-US-Filipino forces overwhelmed by Japanese at Bataan
  • 10 Apr 1942 Cigarettes and candy rationed in Holland.
  • 11 Apr 1942 Distinguished Service Medal for Merchant Marines authorized.
  • 12 Apr 1942 Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers in Bataan.
  • 13 Apr 1942 The United States Federal Communications Commission's minimum programming time required of TV stations is cut from 15 hours to 4 hours a week during the war.
  • 14 Apr 1942 Destroyer Roper sinks German submarine U-85 off US east coast.
  • 15 Apr 1942 George VI awards George Cross to people of Malta
  • 16 Apr 1942 King George VI awards George Cross to Island of Malta
  • 17 Apr 1942 Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp.
  • 18 Apr 1942 James H Doolittle bombs Tokyo and other Japanese cities
  • 19 Apr 1942 46th Boston Marathon won by Joe Smith of Massachusetts in 2:26:51.2.
  • 20 Apr 1942 German occupiers forbid Dutch access to their beach.
  • 21 Apr 1942 World War II: The most famous (and first international) Aggie Muster is held on the Philippine island of Corregidor, by Brigadier General George F. Moore (with 25 fellow Texas A&M graduates who are under his command), while 1.8 million pounds of shells pounded the island over a 5 hour attack.
  • 23 Apr 1942 William Temple enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • 26 Apr 1942 The Benxihu Colliery accident in Manchukuo leaves 1549 Chinese miners dead.
  • 27 Apr 1942 Tornado destroys Pryor, Oklahoma, USA killing 100, injuring 300.
  • 28 Apr 1942 Nightly "dim-out" begins along the US East Coast.
  • 29 Apr 1942 Jews forced to wear a Jewish Star in the Netherlands and Vichy-France
  • 30 Apr 1942 First submarine built on Great Lakes is launched, (Peto), Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA.
  • 01 May 1942 Radio Orange calls to defy order to wear "Jewish star".
  • 02 May 1942 68th Kentucky Derby: Wayne D Wright aboard Shut Out wins in 2:04.4.
  • 03 May 1942 World War II: Japanese naval troops invade Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands during the first part of Operation Mo that results in the Battle of the Coral Sea between Japanese forces and forces from the United States and Australia.
  • 04 May 1942 Food 1st rationed in US
  • 05 May 1942 US begins rationing sugar during WWII
  • 06 May 1942 World War II: On Corregidor, the last American forces in the Philippines surrender to the Japanese.
  • 07 May 1942 Battle of Coral Sea ends stopping Japanese expansion
  • 08 May 1942 Aircraft carrier Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack at Coral Sea
  • 09 May 1942 68th Preakness: Basil James aboard Alsab wins in 1:57.
  • 10 May 1942 World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign.
  • 11 May 1942 Japanese troops conquer Kalewa.
  • 12 May 1942 Russia occupies Crackow, until August 23, 1943
  • 13 May 1942 Helicopter makes its first cross-country flight.
  • 14 May 1942 US Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is founded.
  • 15 May 1942 Nazi occupiers in the Netherlands arrests 2,000 Dutch officers
  • 17 May 1942 Dutch SS vows loyalty to Adolf Hitler.
  • 18 May 1942 New York City ends night baseball games for the rest of war.
  • 19 May 1942 Braves Paul Waner is 3rd NLer to get 3,000 hits (Anson & Wagner)
  • 20 May 1942 US Navy first permits black recruits to serve.
  • 21 May 1942 WWII: Mexico declares war against Nazi Germany after the sinking of the Mexican tanker ''Faja de Oro'' by the German U-boat, U-160, off Key West.
  • 22 May 1942 Mexico declares war on Nazi-Germany and Japan
  • 26 May 1942 Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London
  • 27 May 1942 Hitler orders 10,000 Czechs murdered
  • 28 May 1942 1,800 Czechoslovakians murdered by Germans during attack on Reinhard Heydrich.
  • 29 May 1942 Bing Crosby records Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," the best-selling Christmas album in history.
  • 30 May 1942 US aircraft carrier Yorktown leaves Pearl Harbor
  • 31 May 1942 Luftwaffe bombs Canterbury, England.
  • 02 Jun 1942 Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a Navy aviator
  • 03 Jun 1942 Battle of Midway Island begins
  • 04 Jun 1942 USS Yorktown sinks near Midway Island
  • 05 Jun 1942 British offensive in North Africa under general Ritchie
  • 06 Jun 1942 1st nylon parachute jump (Hartford Ct-Adeline Gray)
  • 07 Jun 1942 Battle of Midway ends: Admiral Nimitz wins 1st WWII naval defeat of Japan
  • 08 Jun 1942 Bing Cosby records Silent Night
  • 09 Jun 1942 Adipatie Ario Soejono becomes Minister in Gerbrandy government
  • 10 Jun 1942 Massacre at Lidice (Czechoslovakia), Gestapo kills 173
  • 11 Jun 1942 German army defeated at El-Alamein North Africa
  • 12 Jun 1942 Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present (Amsterdam)
  • 13 Jun 1942 FDR creates Office of War with Elmer Davis as head
  • 14 Jun 1942 French government of Reynaud resigns
  • 17 Jun 1942 First World War II American expeditionary force lands in Africa (Gold Coast).
  • 18 Jun 1942 Bernard W Robinson, becomes 1st black ensign in US Navy
  • 19 Jun 1942 Paul Waner, is 7th to get 3,000 hits
  • 20 Jun 1942 Adolf Eichmann proclaims deportation of Dutch Jews
  • 21 Jun 1942 President Roosevelt / Premier Churchill arrives in Washington, DC
  • 22 Jun 1942 Japanese submarine in mouth of Columbia River, Oregon
  • 23 Jun 1942 World War II: Germany's latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190, is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales.
  • 24 Jun 1942 Africa Corps occupy Egypt
  • 25 Jun 1942 British Premier Winston Churchill travels from US to London
  • 26 Jun 1942 German assault on British at Mersa Matruh
  • 27 Jun 1942 PQ-17 convoy leaves Iceland for Archangelsk
  • 28 Jun 1942 Dumont TV network begins (WABD New York).
  • 29 Jun 1942 WWII: The German Eleventh Army under Erich von Manstein takes Sevastopol, although fighting rages until July 9.
  • 30 Jun 1942 144 U-boats (700,000 ton) sunk this month
  • 01 Jul 1942 German troops conquer Sebastopol
  • 03 Jul 1942 Germany troop march into Sebastopol
  • 04 Jul 1942 1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WWII)
  • 05 Jul 1942 Ian Fleming graduates from a training school for spies in Canada
  • 06 Jul 1942 10th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Polo Grounds, New York
  • 07 Jul 1942 Germany troop march into Woronezj
  • 08 Jul 1942 Turkish prime minister Refik Saydam died while working in office. For one day he is succeeded by Ahmet Fikri Tüzer
  • 09 Jul 1942 Anne Frank, 13, goes into hiding with her family and 4 other Jews
  • 10 Jul 1942 Diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and the Soviet Union are established.
  • 13 Jul 1942 5,000 Jews of Rovno Polish Ukraine, executed by Nazis
  • 14 Jul 1942 1st transport of Amsterdam Jews to Westerbork
  • 15 Jul 1942 1st deportation camp at Westerbork, Jews sent to Auschwitz
  • 16 Jul 1942 French police arrest 13,152 Jews in Paris
  • 17 Jul 1942 Transport nr 6 departs with French Jews to Nazi-Germany
  • 18 Jul 1942 First legal New Jersey horse race in 50 years; Garden State Park track opens.
  • 19 Jul 1942 German occupiers confiscate bicycles in Rotterdam and Hague
  • 20 Jul 1942 Barbados dismiss Trinidad for 16 in 69 minutes, Derek Sealy 8-8
  • 21 Jul 1942 Eight die as coal waste heap slides in river valley near Oakwood, Virginia.
  • 22 Jul 1942 4th Russian Pantser army forms with 80 tanks
  • 23 Jul 1942 German troops conquer Rostow
  • 25 Jul 1942 German troops strike at Tsym Lyanskaja
  • 26 Jul 1942 RAF bombs Hamburg
  • 28 Jul 1942 Nazis liquidate 10,000 Jews in Minsk Belorussia Ghetto
  • 29 Jul 1942 Eastern Blvd in the Bronx renamed Bruckner Blvd
  • 30 Jul 1942 German occupiers set night curfew on Jews in the Netherlands
  • 31 Jul 1942 German SS gases 1,000 Jews in Minsk, Belorussia
  • 01 Aug 1942 Deurne soccer team forms
  • 02 Aug 1942 250 Dutch Catholic Jews arrested, transported to Amersfoort camp
  • 04 Aug 1942 1st train with Jews departs Mechelen Belgium to Auschwitz
  • 05 Aug 1942 British government cancels agreement of Munich
  • 06 Aug 1942 Assinibaine destroyer sinks U-210
  • 07 Aug 1942 Resistance bombs Rotterdam railway
  • 08 Aug 1942 Monty appointed Commandant of British 8th Army at Alamein
  • 09 Aug 1942 200 Jews escape Mir Ghetto in Poland
  • 10 Aug 1942 Gen B Montgomery becomes Commandant British 8th leader in N Africa
  • 11 Aug 1942 999 Jews are taken from Mechelen transit camp in Belgium
  • 12 Aug 1942 British Premier Churchill arrives in Moscow, meets Stalin
  • 13 Aug 1942 RKO Radio Pictures premieres the Disney film Bambi in the US at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
  • 14 Aug 1942 Dwight D Eisenhower named commander for invasion of North Africa
  • 15 Aug 1942 5 hostages executed by Nazis in St-Michielsgestel
  • 16 Aug 1942 Premier Churchill travels back to Cairo from Moscow
  • 17 Aug 1942 1st European bombing run undertaken by US forces
  • 19 Aug 1942 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed raiding Dieppe, France
  • 20 Aug 1942 Dim-out regulations implemented in San Francisco, California.
  • 21 Aug 1942 Alpine hunters plant German flag on Elbroezgebergte, Kaukasus
  • 22 Aug 1942 Brazil declares war on Germany, Japan and Italy
  • 23 Aug 1942 1st US flights to land on Guadalcanal
  • 24 Aug 1942 Sea battle off Eastern Solomon Islands
  • 25 Aug 1942 SS begins transporting Jews of Maastricht Neth
  • 26 Aug 1942 Japanse troops lands on New-Guinea, Milne Bay
  • 27 Aug 1942 Cuba declares war on Germany, Japan and Italy
  • 28 Aug 1942 9th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Bears 21, All-Stars 0 (101,100)
  • 30 Aug 1942 Nazi-Germany annexes Luxembourg
  • 31 Aug 1942 Battle at Alam Halfa: German and Italians assault
  • 01 Sep 1942 Fed judge upholds detention of Japanese-Americans
  • 02 Sep 1942 German troops enter Stalingrad
  • 03 Sep 1942 World War II: In response to news of its coming liquidation, Dov Lopatyn leads an uprising in the Ghetto of Lakhva, in present-day Belarus.
  • 05 Sep 1942 Battle at Alam Halfa ends
  • 06 Sep 1942 56th US Womens Tennis: Pauline Betz beats A Louise Brough (46 61 64)
  • 07 Sep 1942 62nd US Mens Tennis: F Schroeder Jr beats F Parker (86 75 36 46 62)
  • 09 Sep 1942 1st bombing on continental US soil, Mount Emily Oregon (WWII)
  • 10 Sep 1942 British troops lands on Madagascar
  • 12 Sep 1942 Free-Poland and Belgium asks Pope to condemn Nazi-war crimes
  • 13 Sep 1942 German forces attack Stalingrad.
  • 14 Sep 1942 German troops occupy train station Stalingrad-1
  • 15 Sep 1942 US aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal
  • 16 Sep 1942 Japanese attack on Port Moresby repelled
  • 18 Sep 1942 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is authorized.
  • 20 Sep 1942 Gunther Hagg becomes world champion of all records from 1500m to 5000m.
  • 21 Sep 1942 116 hostages executed by Nazis in Paris
  • 22 Sep 1942 Meulenberg robs of church bells
  • 23 Sep 1942 Auschwitz begins experimental gassing executions
  • 24 Sep 1942 Andrée Borrel and Lise de Baissac become the first female SOE agents to be parachuted into occupied France.
  • 25 Sep 1942 World War II: Swiss Police Instruction of September 25, 1942 : this instruction denied entry into Switzerland to Jewish refugees.
  • 27 Sep 1942 Heavy German assault in Stalingrad
  • 28 Sep 1942 Luftwaffe bombs Stalingrad
  • 29 Sep 1942 Government of De Gaulle cancels agreement of Munich
  • 30 Sep 1942 98 U-boats sunk this month (485,000 tons)
  • 01 Oct 1942 Little Golden Books (children books) begins publishing
  • 02 Oct 1942 Queen Mary slices cruiser Curacao in half, killing 338
  • 03 Oct 1942 FDR forms Office of Economic Stabilization
  • 04 Oct 1942 German assault on Tractor factory in Stalingrad
  • 05 Oct 1942 5,000 Jews of Dubno Russia massacred
  • 06 Oct 1942 Allied assault on oil installations of Bula Ceram
  • 07 Oct 1942 1 salvo Katjoesja-rocket destroys Nazi battalion in Stalingrad
  • 08 Oct 1942 Fight at Matanikau, Guadalcanal (John Hersey-Into the Valley)
  • 09 Oct 1942 The last day of the October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as United States Marine Corps forces withdraw back across the Matanikau River after destroying most of the Imperial Japanese Army's 4th Infantry Regiment.
  • 10 Oct 1942 1,300 Austrian Jews transported to Theresienstadt
  • 11 Oct 1942 World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance : On the northwest coast of Guadalcanal, United States Navy ships intercept and defeat a Japanese fleet on their way to reinforce troops on the island.
  • 12 Oct 1942 Successful Russian counter attack through 37th Guard division
  • 14 Oct 1942 Dobbe resistances group overthrows Bonkarten distribution
  • 16 Oct 1942 Aaron Copland / de Milles ballet Rodeo, premieres in New York City
  • 18 Oct 1942 Hitler orders allied commandos to be killed
  • 20 Oct 1942 "Durham Manifesto" calls for fundamental changes in race relations.
  • 22 Oct 1942 1st ships of invasion fleet for Oran (Algeria) leave Scotland
  • 23 Oct 1942 1st ships of invasion fleet to Morocco leave Norfolk
  • 24 Oct 1942 2nd day of battle at El Alamein: British infantry
  • 25 Oct 1942 3rd day of battle at El Alamein: British offensive
  • 26 Oct 1942 2nd day of Battle of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal
  • 27 Oct 1942 5th day of battle at El Alamein: heavy battles / Australian advance
  • 28 Oct 1942 6th day battle at El Alamein: British offensive under Montgomery
  • 29 Oct 1942 7th day of battle at El Alamein: Montgomery assault
  • 30 Oct 1942 8th day of battle at El Alamein: new Australian assault
  • 31 Oct 1942 94 U-boats sunk this month (619,000 ton)
  • 01 Nov 1942 10th day of battle at El Alamein
  • 02 Nov 1942 11th day of battle at El Alamein: British assault on Tel el Aqqaqir
  • 03 Nov 1942 12th day of battle at El Alamein: Scottish assault
  • 04 Nov 1942 13th day of battle at El Alamein: Afr corps draws back out Fuka-posing
  • 05 Nov 1942 Nazi raid on Greek Jews in Paris
  • 06 Nov 1942 Nazis execute 12,000 Minsk ghetto Jews
  • 07 Nov 1942 Bicyclist Fausto Coppi establishes world record (45,848 km)
  • 08 Nov 1942 Allies under Eisenhower land in N-Africa (Casablanca)
  • 09 Nov 1942 German occupiers put Erik Scavenius as Danish Premier
  • 10 Nov 1942 US troops occupy airport of Port-Lyautey Morocco
  • 11 Nov 1942 745 French Jews deported to Auschwitz
  • 12 Nov 1942 In World War II, battle of Guadalcanal began
  • 13 Nov 1942 Chaotic sea battle of Friday the 13th at Guadalcanal
  • 14 Nov 1942 Last Vichy-French troops in Algeria surrender
  • 15 Nov 1942 World War II: The Battle of Guadalcanal ends in a decisive Allied victory.
  • 16 Nov 1942 Assault of US B-17 Flying Fortresses on airport at Sidi Ahmed
  • 18 Nov 1942 Thornton Wilders Skin of our Teeth, premieres in New York City
  • 19 Nov 1942 Joseph Goebbels visits German Theatre in the Niederlanden
  • 20 Nov 1942 26th Russian Armoured Corps recaptures Perelazovski
  • 21 Nov 1942 Tweety Bird, aka Tweety Pie, debuts in Tale of Two Kitties
  • 22 Nov 1942 General Major Rodins 26th Pantser corp recaptures Ostrov
  • 23 Nov 1942 3rd and 5th Romanian army corp surrenders
  • 24 Nov 1942 Field Marshal Erich von Manstein arrives in Starobelsk
  • 25 Nov 1942 National Organization for Aid to Underground, LO, forms
  • 26 Nov 1942 Anti fascist Council for National Liberation (AVNOJ) forms
  • 27 Nov 1942 Bobby Managoff beats Yvon Robert in Houston, to become wrestling champ
  • 28 Nov 1942 500 die in a fire that destroyed Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston
  • 29 Nov 1942 US rations coffee
  • 30 Nov 1942 109 U-boats sunk this month (729,000 ton)
  • 01 Dec 1942 Gasoline rationed in US
  • 02 Dec 1942 1st controlled nuclear chain reaction (Enrico Fermi - University of Chicago)
  • 04 Dec 1942 FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration
  • 05 Dec 1942 CFL Grey Cup: Tor beats Win RCAF, 8 -5 at Toronto
  • 06 Dec 1942 RAF bombs Philips factory (150 die)
  • 07 Dec 1942 WWII: British commandos conduct Operation Frankton, a raid on shipping in Bordeaux harbour.
  • 08 Dec 1942 8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (HB).
  • 10 Dec 1942 North Africa: 5th German Panzer Army forms under Colonel-General von Arnim.
  • 11 Dec 1942 Australian / Dutch guerrilla troops evacuated to Timor near Australia
  • 12 Dec 1942 German offensive in South Western Stalingrad.
  • 13 Dec 1942 Seyss-Inquart allows Dutch Nazi Anton Mussert to call himself Leader.
  • 15 Dec 1942 Massachusetts issues first US vehicular license plate tabs.
  • 17 Dec 1942 Allies in London sentence German war criminals.
  • 20 Dec 1942 World War II: Bombing of Calcutta by the Japanese.
  • 21 Dec 1942 US Supreme court declares Nevada marriage separation legal.
  • 22 Dec 1942 World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.
  • 24 Dec 1942 World War II: French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, assassinates Vichy French Admiral Francois Darlan in Algiers.
  • 25 Dec 1942 Admiral Dalans murderer of Bosinier de la Chapelle, sentenced to death
  • 27 Dec 1942 NFL Pro Bowl: NFL All-Stars beats Washington 17-14.
  • 28 Dec 1942 Robert Sullivan becomes first pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean 100 times.
  • 31 Dec 1942 60 U-boats sunk this month (330,000 ton)