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1942World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

1942Anne Frank begins her diary

1942Col-gen Jeremenko arrives in Stalingrad/welcomed by Nikita Khrushchev

1942William Faulkner's collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published.

1942Irving Berlin's musical "This is the Army" premieres in NYC

1942Hitler orders 10,000 Czechs murdered

1942British premier Winston Churchill travels from US to London

1942British premier Churchill arrives in Moscow, meets Stalin

1942Admiral Nimitz's B-17 finds Guadalcanal using National Geographic map

1942FDR orders men between 45 & 64 to register for non military duty

1942Joseph Goebbels visits "German Theatre in the Niederlanden"

1942Hitler's Directive #45: order to occupy Stalingrad

1942Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC)

1942Despite Ted Williams winning Triple Crown, Yanks Joe Gordon wins AL MVP

1942FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans

1942Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a US Navy aviator

1942Gen Doug MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander

1942FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II

1942Anne Frank's family goes into hiding in After House, Amsterdam

1942Field Marshal Rommel back in North-Africa

1942Gen MacArthur leaves Corregidor (Bataan) for Australia

1942Gen MacArthur vows, "I shall return"

1942Hitler names fieldmarshal Erich von Manstein commander of the newly-created Army Group Don (Heeresgruppe Don)

1942FDR forms Office of Economic Stabilization

1942Battle of Midway ends: Adm Nimitz wins 1st WW II naval defeat of Japan

1942FDR creates Office of War with Elmer Davis as head

194225th PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Seaview CC Atlantic City NJ

1942FDR signs bill creating women's Navy auxiliary agency (WAVES)

1942Hitler orders combat against partisans in Russia & Balkan

1942Mahatma Gandhi & 50 others arrested in Bombay after passing of a "quit India" campaign by the All-India Congress

1942David Ben-Gurion leaves Jewish state in Palestine

1942Hitler proclaims fall of Stalingrad from Munich beer hall

1942FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration

1942Walter Johnson pitches to Babe Ruth in pregame attraction that draws 69,000 for NY-Wash game (raises $80,000 for Army-Navy relief

19429th Golf Masters Championship: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 280

1942Hitler's Operation Sealion (invasion of England) cancelled

1942James Doolittle bombs Tokyo & other Japanese cities

1942German offensive in North Africa under General Erwin Rommel

1942Hitler orders captured allied commandos to be killed

1942Hitler orders enslavement of Slavic peoples

1942Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present (Amsterdam)

1942Aaron Copland/de Milles ballet "Rodeo," premieres in NYC

1942British Premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Cairo

1942Hermann Goering proclaims occupied areas "thoroughly empty to plunder"

1942Dutch SS vows loyalty to Hitler

19422 black players, Jackie Robinson & Nate Moreland, request a tryout with the Chicago White Sox, they are allowed to work out

1942Hitler names Mussert "leader of Netherland people"

1942Col-gen Von Paul asks Hitler to surrender

1942First US president to broadcast in a foreign language-FDR in French

1942Hitler visits Field Marshal Von Bock's headquarters in Ukraine

1942Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies

1942Comedy duo Abbott and Costello launch their weekly radio show

1942Nazis kill all inhabitants of Lidice, which had been implicated in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi controller of Bohemia and Moravia, and Hitler's order was given to "teach the Czechs a final lesson of subservience and humility".

1942Rommel takes Tobruk in North Africa

1942Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort

1942Joe Louis KOs Buddy Baer in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1942British Premier Winston Churchill travels back to Cairo from Moscow

1942Italian supreme command demands dismissal of German Marshal Rommel

1942British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Cairo

1942Bing Crosby records "White Christmas", greatest selling record to date

1942World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse

1942Hitler orders Rommel's Africa Korps to fight to last man

1942 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Rose Bowl football match played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat - Oregon State 20, Duke University 16 
Jan 1
US & 25 other countries sign a united declaration against the Axis 
Jan 2
WWII: 28 nations at war with Axis powers, pledge no separate peace deals 
Jan 2
German troops in Bardia surrender 
Jan 2
Japanese troops occupy Manila Philippines 
Jan 2
The United States Navy opens a blimp base at Lakehurst, New Jersey. 
Jan 3
American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) Command forms 
Jan 4
NFL Pro Bowl: Chi Bears beats NFL All-Stars 35-24 
Jan 4
Premier Churchill & General Marshall fly to Florida 
Jan 4
Rogers Hornsby is 14th player selected to the Hall of Fame 
Jan 5
55 German tanks reach North-Africa 
Jan 6
Bob Feller, enlists in Navy & reports for duty to Norfolk Virginia 
Jan 6
Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world ("Pacific Clipper"). 
Jan 7
WW II siege of Bataan starts 
Jan 8
British Air Marshal Richard Peirse replaced as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Bomber Command 
Jan 9
Joe Louis KOs Buddy Baer in 1 for heavyweight boxing title 
Jan 9
US Joint Chiefs of Staff created 
Jan 10
Japan invades North-Celebes, Neth Indies 
Jan 11
-23°F (-31°C), Kingston, Rhode Island (state record) 
Jan 11
Japan conquers Kuala Lumpur, Malaya 
Jan 12
British troops reconquer Sollum 
Jan 12
Dutch troops on Tarakan surrender 
Jan 12
National War Labor Board created 
Jan 13
Allied Conference on war trials 
Jan 13
German U-boats begin harassing shipping on US east coast 
Jan 13
Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies 
Jan 13
Interallied war trial conference publishes St James Declaration 
Jan 13
World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter. 
Jan 14
Japanese troops land at oil center Balikpapan in Borneo 
Jan 15
Cubs, drop plans to install lights at Wrigley due to WW II 
Jan 15
FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II 
Jan 16
William Knudsen becomes 1st civilian appointed a general in US army 
Jan 18
Nazis arrest Frans Goedhart & Wiardi Beckman 
Jan 19
Japanese forces invade Burma 
Jan 19
Titus Brandsma arrested by German occupiers 
Jan 20
Japanese air raid on Rabaul New Britain 
Jan 20
Japanese invade Burma 
Jan 20
Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin to organise the "final solution", the extermination of Europe's Jews 
Jan 21
Bronx magistrate rules all pinball machines illegal 
Jan 21
Count Basie records "One O'Clock Jump" 
Jan 21
Japanese air raid on Rabaul, New Britain 
Jan 21
Tito's partisans occupy Foca 
Jan 22
Japanese air raid on Rabaul, New Britain 
Jan 22
Sietze de Groot wins 8th Dutch 11 city skate (8:44:06) 
Jan 23
Japanese troops occupy Rabaul New Britain 
Jan 23
Tank battle at Adzjedabia, Africa Korp vs British 8th army 
Jan 24
Musical "Star & Garter," premieres in NYC 
Jan 25
Lt General Rommels African corps reaches Msus 
Jan 26
1st US force in Europe during WW II go ashore in Northern Ireland 
Jan 26
Italian supreme command demands dismissal of German Marshal Rommel 
Jan 27
-19°F (-27.4°C), Netherland's coldest day since 1850 
Jan 28
Soviet troops under General Timoshenko's troops move into Ukraine 
Jan 28
German troops occupy Benghazi Libya 
Jan 29
1st broadcast of Roy Plomley's "Desert Island Discs" on BBC 
Jan 29
German & Italian troops occupy Banghazi, Libya 
Jan 29
Peru & Ecuador sign Protocol of Rio (boundary determiniation) 
Jan 30
Japanese troops land on Ambon 
Jan 31
62 U boats sunk this month (327,000 ton) 
Feb 1
2nd Norwegian government of Quisling forms 
Feb 2
LA Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans 
Feb 2
US auto factories switch from commercial to war production 
Feb 3
1st Japanese air raid on Java 
Feb 3
Baseball owners agree to permit each club up to 14 night games in 1942 
Feb 4
Clinton Pierce becomes 1st US general wounded in action in WW II 
Feb 5
"Woman of the Year," starring Hepburn & Tracy opens at Radio City 
Feb 5
Braves get Tommy Holmes from Yanks for Buddy Hassett & Gene Moore 
Feb 7
1st indoor 15' pole vault (Cornelius Warmerdam 15' 3/8") 
Feb 8
Japanese armored barges cross Strait of Johore to attack Singapore (WWII) 
Feb 8
Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes," premieres in Los Angeles 
Feb 8
Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort 
Feb 9
Daylight Savings War Time goes into effect in US 
Feb 9
Japanese troops land near Makassar, South Celebes 
Feb 9
Philadelphia "Phillies" change nickname (temporarily) to "Phils" 
Feb 10
Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold record for selling 1 million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo" 
Feb 11
"Archie" comic book debuts 
Feb 12
3 German battle cruisers escape via Channel to Brest N Germany 
Feb 13
Hitler's Operation Sealion (invasion of England) cancelled 
Feb 14
Japanese parachutists land near oil center Palembang, Sumatra 
Feb 14
Rotterdam's Maas tunnel opens 
Feb 14
WWII: Battle of Pasir Panjang contributes to the fall of Singapore. 
Feb 15
German U-boat shells Antillian oil refinery 
Feb 15
Japanese troops march into Palembang, South Sumatra 
Feb 15
WWII: British ruled Singapore surrenders to the Japanese 
Feb 16
German submarines attack Aruba oil refinery 
Feb 18
Japanese troop land on Bali 
Feb 19
About 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin 
Feb 19
Bill Longson beats Managoff & Sandor Szabo, to become wrestling champ 
Feb 19
Dutch actors protest obligatory membership of Culture Chamber 
Feb 19
FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans 
Feb 19
Japanese troops land on Timor 
Feb 19
Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra recorded "I'll Take Tallulah" 
Feb 19
NY Yankees annouce 5,000 uniformed soldiers admitted free at each of their upcoming home games 
Feb 20
Lt E H O'Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese heavy bombers, becomes America's first World War II flying ace 
Feb 21
US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn 
Feb 21
US male Figure Skating championship won by Bobby Specht 
Feb 22
World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse 
Feb 23
Japanese sub fires on oil refinery in Ellwood, Calif 
Feb 24
Voice of America begins broadcasting (in German) 
Feb 24
The "Battle of Los Angeles" takes place, lasting until the next day. 
Feb 26
German battle cruiser Gneisenau deactivated by bomb 
Feb 26
Radio Orange calls for March 1 day of prayer in Dutch Indies 
Feb 26
WW II Navy flier Don Mason sends message "Sighted sub sank same" 
Feb 26
Werner Heisenberger informs nazis about uranium project "Wunderwaffen" 
Feb 27
1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Feb 27
Battle of Java Sea began 13 US warships sunk-2 Japanese 
Feb 27
J S Hey discovers radio emissions from Sun 
Feb 28
1st weapon drop on Netherlands 
Feb 28
Japanese land in Java, last Allied bastion in Dutch East Indies 
Feb 28
Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit 
Mar 1
3 day Battle of Java Sea ends, US suffers a major naval defeat 
Mar 1
Baseball decides that players in milt can't play when on furlough 
Mar 1
J Milton Cage Jr's "Imaginary Landscape No 3," premieres in Chicago 
Mar 1
Japanese troops occupy Kalidjati airport in Java 
Mar 1
Suriname camp for NSB people opens to save Jews 
Mar 1
Tito establishes 2nd Proletarit Brigade in Bosnia 
Mar 2
14th Academy Awards - "How Green was My Valley," Cooper & Fontaine win 
Mar 2
Admiral Helfrich departs Java for Ceylon 
Mar 3
1st combat flight for Canadian British-built Avro Lancaster bomber 
Mar 5
Bosnia Tito establishes 3rd Proletarit Brigade in Bosnia 
Mar 5
Dmitri Shostakovitch' 7th Symphony, premieres in Siberia 
Mar 5
Japanese troop march into Batavia 
Mar 7
15 Mk-VB Spitfires reach Malta 
Mar 7
1st cadets graduated from flying school at Tuskegee 
Mar 8
Japanese forces captures Rangoon Burma 
Mar 8
KNIL, Dutch colonial army on Java, surrenders to Japanese armies 
Mar 9
Construction of the Alaska Highway began 
Mar 11
1st deportation train leaves Paris for Auschwitz Concentration Camp 
Mar 11
Gen MacArthur leaves Corregidor (Bataan) for Australia 
Mar 11
Japanese troop land on North Sumatra 
Mar 12
British troops vacate the Andamanen in Gulf of Bengal 
Mar 13
Julia Flikke, Nurse Corps, becomes 1st woman colonel in US army 
Mar 17
Belzec Concentration Camp opens-30,000 Lublin Polish Jews transported 
Mar 17
Gen Doug MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander 
Mar 18
Illegal Free Netherlands announces boycott of theaters 
Mar 18
2 black players, Jackie Robinson & Nate Moreland, request a tryout with the Chicago White Sox, they are allowed to work out 
Mar 19
FDR orders men between 45 & 64 to register for non military duty 
Mar 19
Thoroughbred Racing Association of US formed in Chicago 
Mar 20
Convoy PQ13 departs Reykjavik Iceland to Russia 
Mar 20
Gen MacArthur vows, "I shall return" 
Mar 20
Major German assault on Malta 
Mar 21
Convoy QP9 departs Great Britain to Murmansk 
Mar 21
Heavy German assault on Malta 
Mar 22
Heavy German assault on Malta 
Mar 23
2,500 Jews of Lublin massacred or deported 
Mar 23
Japanese forces occupy Andaman Islands in Indian Ocean 
Mar 23
US move native-born of Japanese ancestry into detention centers 
Mar 25
700 Jews of Polish Lvov-district reach Belzec Concentration camp 
Mar 26
1st "Eichmann transport" to Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps 
Mar 26
1st 700 Jews from Polish Lvov-district reach concentration camp Belzec 
Mar 26
Explosion of 20 tons of gelignite in a stone quarry at Easton, Pa, kills 21 
Mar 26
German offensive in North Africa under General Erwin Rommel 
Mar 27
-28] Allies raid German submarine base in St Nazaire 
Mar 27
Japan forces Java to use "Tokyo time" 1½ hour forward 
Mar 27
Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC) 
Mar 28
-29] 234 RAF bombers attack Lubeck 
Mar 28
4th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Dartmouth 53-38 
Mar 28
British naval forces raid Nazi occupied French port of St Nazaire 
Mar 29
British cruiser HMS Trinidad torpedoes itself in the Barents Sea 
Mar 29
British destroyer HMS Campbeltown explodes in St Nazaire: 400 Germans die 
Mar 29
German submarine U-585 sinks 
Mar 29
The Bombing of Lübeck in World War II was the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany and a German city. 
Mar 30
1st RSHA-transport from France arrives in camp Birkenau 
Mar 30
SS murders 200 inmates of Trawniki labor camp 
Apr 1
Allied air raid on harbor city Kupang Timor 
Apr 1
Mexico changes from 3 time zones to 2 
Apr 2
USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from San Francisco 
Apr 7
Heavy German assault on Malta 
Apr 8
A Schoenberg & Tudor's ballet "Pillar of Fire" premieres in NYC 
Apr 9
Battle of Bataan; US-Filipino forces overwhelmed by Japanese at Bataan 
Apr 10
Cigarettes & candy rationed in Holland 
Apr 11
Distinguished Service Medal for Merchant Marines authorized 
Apr 12
9th Golf Masters Championship: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 280 
Apr 12
Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers in Bataan 
Apr 14
Destroyer Roper sinks German U-85 of US east coast 
Apr 15
George VI awards George Cross to people of Malta 
Apr 16
Japanese occupying army on Java installs film censorship 
Apr 17
12 Lancasters bomb MAN factory in Augsburg 
Apr 17
Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp 
Apr 17
POW French General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein. 
Apr 18
"Stars & Stripes" paper for US armed forces starts 
Apr 18
James Doolittle bombs Tokyo & other Japanese cities 
Apr 18
Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3 
Apr 19
46th Boston Marathon won by Joe Smith of Mass in 2:26:51.2 
Apr 20
German occupiers forbids Dutch access to their beach 
Apr 20
Heavy German assault on Malta 
Apr 23
4-day allied bombing on Rostock begins 
Apr 23
Luftwaffe bombs Exeter 
Apr 24
Luftwaffe bombs Exeter 
Apr 25
Luftwaffe bombs Bath 
Apr 26
Coal mine explosion kills 1,549 at Honkeiko Manchuria 
Apr 26
Luftwaffe bombs Bath 
Apr 27
Belgium Jews are forced to wear stars 
Apr 27
Tornado destroys Pryor Oklahoma killing 100, injuring 300 
Apr 28
"WW II" titled so, as result of Gallup Poll 
Apr 28
Nightly "dim-out" begins along US East Coast 
Apr 29
Japanese troop march into Lashio, cut off Burma Road 
Apr 29
Jews forced to wear a Jewish Star in Netherlands & Vichy-France 
Apr 30
1st submarine built on Great Lakes launched, (Peto), Manitowoc, Wi 
May 1
Radio Orange calls to defy order to wear "Jewish star" 
May 2
68th Kentucky Derby: Wayne D Wright aboard Shut Out wins in 2:04.4 
May 2
Japanese troops occupy Mandalay Burma 
May 3
Japanese troop attack Tulagi, Gavutu & Tanambogo, Solomon Islands during WWII 
May 3
German Luftwaffe bombs Exeter, UK during WWII 
May 3
Nazis execute 72 OD'ers in reprisial in Sachsenhausen, Netherlands 
May 3
Nazis require Dutch Jews to wear a Jewish star 
May 4
Battle of Coral Sea begins in the Pacific (1st sea battle fought solely in air) between Japanese, US and Australian navies and air forces 
May 4
Food 1st rationed in US 
May 4
German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages 
May 4
Pulitzer prize awarded to Ellen Glasgow (In this our Life) 
May 5
British assault on Diego Suarez Madagascar 
May 5
US begins rationing sugar during WW II 
May 6
Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies 
May 7
Battle of Coral Sea ends stopping Japanese expansion 
May 7
Nazi decree orders all Jewish pregnant women of Kovno Ghetto executed 
May 8
Aircraft carrier USS Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack in Coral Sea 
May 8
German summer offensive opens in Crimea 
May 8
1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund 
May 9
68th Preakness: Basil James aboard Alsab wins in 1:57 
May 10
World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign. 
May 11
Japanese troops conquer Kalewa 
May 11
William Faulkner's collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published. 
May 12
1,500 Jews gassed in Auschwitz 
May 12
David Ben-Gurion leaves Jewish state in Palestine 
May 12
Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River 
May 12
Russia occupies Crackow, until Aug 23, 1943 
May 13
Helicopter makes its 1st cross-country flight 
May 13
Pitcher Jim Tobin belts 3 HRs in a game 
May 14
US Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) forms 
May 15
Gasoline 1st rationed in US (17 Eastern States) 
May 15
Nazi occupiers in Netherlands arrest 2,000 Dutch officers 
May 16
1st transport of British/Dutch prisoners to South Burma 
May 17
Dutch SS vows loyalty to Hitler 
May 18
NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II 
May 19
Braves Paul Waner is 3rd NLer to get 3,000 hits (Anson & Wagner) 
May 20
US Navy 1st permitted black recruits to serve 
May 21
Convoy PQ16 departs Great Britain for Russia 
May 22
Mexico declares war on Nazi-Germany & Japan 
May 22
The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed. 
May 26
Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London 
May 26
Belgium Jews are required by Nazis to wear a Jewish star 
May 26
Tank battle at Bir Hakeim: Afrika Korps vs British army 
May 27
Dorie Miller awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor 
May 27
Hitler orders 10,000 Czechs murdered 
May 27
Italian army begin siege of French western Fort Bir Hachim 
May 27
Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi "Deputy Reich Protector of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia" is shot & mortally wounded in Prague in in Operation Anthropoid 
May 28
1,800 Czechs murdered by Nazis during attack on Heydrich 
May 29
Bing Crosby records "White Christmas", greatest selling record to date 
May 30
1,047 bombers bomb Cologne in RAF's raid of WW II 
May 30
Reichsfuehrer Herman Himmler arrives in Prague 
May 30
Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1 
May 30
US aircraft carrier Yorktown leaves Pearl Harbor 
May 31
25th PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Seaview CC Atlantic City NJ 
May 31
Luftwaffe bombs Canterbury 
Jun 2
Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a US Navy aviator 
Jun 4
Battle of Midway begins; Japan's 1st major defeat in WW II 
Jun 4
Capitol Record Co opens for business 
Jun 5
British offensive in North Africa under General Ritchie 
Jun 5
Elwood Ordnance Plant near Joliet Illinois kills 54 
Jun 5
USA declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary & Romania 
Jun 6
1st nylon parachute jump (Hartford Ct-Adeline Gray) 
Jun 6
74th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Shut Out wins in 2:29.2 
Jun 6
Japanese forces retreat, ending Battle of Midway 
Jun 6
Japanese troop land on Kiska, Aleutians 
Jun 7
USS Yorktown sinks near Midway Island 
Jun 7
Battle of Midway ends: Adm Nimitz wins 1st WW II naval defeat of Japan 
Jun 7
Germany Armys march into Sebastopol 
Jun 7
Japanese troops lands on Attu, Aleutian Islands 
Jun 8
Bing Cosby records "Silent Night" 
Jun 9
Adipatie Ario Soejono becomes minister in Gerbrandy government 
Jun 9
German-Neth press reports, 3 million Dutch sent to East-Europe 
Jun 9
Nazis kill all inhabitants of Lidice, which had been implicated in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi controller of Bohemia and Moravia, and Hitler's order was given to "teach the Czechs a final lesson of subservience and humility". 
Jun 11
German army defeated at El-Alamein North Africa 
Jun 11
US & USSR sign Lend-Lease agreement during WW II 
Jun 12
Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present (Amsterdam) 
Jun 12
Hitler orders enslavement of Slavic peoples 
Jun 12
Tornado kills 35 in Oklahoma City 
Jun 13
1st V-2 rocket launch, Peenemunde, Germany; reached 1.3 km 
Jun 13
FDR creates Office of War with Elmer Davis as head 
Jun 13
Germany puts 4 saboteurs on Long Island 
Jun 13
US Office of Strategic Services (OSS) formed 
Jun 13
The United States opens its Office of War Information. 
Jun 14
1st bazooka rocket gun produced Bridgeport Ct 
Jun 14
Anne Frank begins her diary 
Jun 14
French government of Reynaud resigns 
Jun 14
Walt Disney's "Bambi" animated movie is released Thumper's 1st job 
Jun 18
Bernard W Robinson, becomes 1st black ensign in US Navy 
Jun 18
Eric Nessler of France stays aloft in a glider for 38h21m 
Jun 19
Paul Waner is 7th to get 3,000 baseball hits 
Jun 20
Adolf Eichmann proclaims deportation of Dutch Jews 
Jun 20
German troops conquer Tobruk, North Africa 
Jun 21
129°F (54°C), Tirat Zevi, Israel (Asian record) 
Jun 21
President Roosevelt/premier Churchill arrives in Washington, DC 
Jun 21
Rommel takes Tobruk in North Africa 
Jun 21
Seinheuer throws female world record spear (47.24m) 
Jun 22
Japanese submarine in mouth of Columbia River, Oregon 
Jun 22
Jewish Brigade attached by British Army in WW II, forms 
Jun 23
World War II: Germany's latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales. 
Jun 24
US Admiral Ernest King orders Tulagi (Solomon Island) reconquered 
Jun 24
Africa Korps invades Egypt 
Jun 25
British RAF staged a 1,000 bomb raid on Bremen Germany (WW II) 
Jun 25
British premier Winston Churchill travels from US to London 
Jun 25
Maj Gen Dwight Eisenhower appointed commander of US forces in Europe 
Jun 26
German assault on British at Mersa Matruh 
Jun 27
FBI captures 8 Nazi saboteurs from a sub off NY's Long Island 
Jun 27
PQ-17 convoy leaves Iceland for Archangelsk 
Jun 28
Col-gen Von Hoth' 6th Pantser enters Voronezj 
Jun 28
Dumont TV network begins (WABD NY) 
Jun 29
Dmitri Shostakovitch's 7th Symphony premieres 
Jun 30
144 U boats (700,000 ton) sunk this month 
Jun 30
Col-gen Von Paul's 6th Army enters Ukraine 
Jun 30
US Mint in New Orleans ceases operation 
Jun 30
US bombs Celebes & Timor 
Jul 1
German troops conquer Sebastopol 
Jul 3
German troops march into Sebastopol, Crimea 
Jul 3
Hitler visits Field Marshal Von Bock's headquarters in Ukraine 
Jul 4
1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WW II) 
Jul 4
US air offensive against nazi-Germany begins 
Jul 5
1st performance of Heitor Villa-Lobos' Choros 6/9/11 
Jul 5
Ian Fleming graduates from a training school for spies in Canada 
Jul 6
10th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Polo Grounds, New York 
Jul 6
Anne Frank's family goes into hiding in After House, Amsterdam 
Jul 6
Von Hoth' IV Pantser army fights with Voronezj 
Jul 7
Germany troop march into Woronezj 
Jul 7
Milt all star team (including Bob Feller) losts to AL all stars 5-0 
Jul 10
Himmler orders sterilization of all Jewish woman in Ravensbruck Camp 
Jul 10
Netherland's government in exile (London) recognizes Soviet Union 
Jul 13
5,000 Jews of Rovno Polish Ukraine, executed by nazis 
Jul 13
German occupiers imprison 800 prominent Dutch as hostages 
Jul 13
SS shoots 1,500 Jews in Josefov Poland 
Jul 14
1st transport of Amsterdam Jews to Westerbork 
Jul 14
Riots against Jews in Amsterdam 
Jul 15
1st deportation camp at Westerbork, Jews sent to Auschwitz 
Jul 15
Dutch Jews invoked for "Labor camps" 
Jul 16
French police arrest 13,152 Jews in Paris 
Jul 16
Jews transported from Holland to extermination camp 
Jul 17
3' of rain falls on Pennsylvania, flooding kills 15 
Jul 17
Estimated 34.5" (87.5 cm) of rainfall, Smethport, Pa (state record) 
Jul 17
Transport nr 6 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Jul 18
1st legal New Jersey horse race in 50 years; Garden State Park track opens 
Jul 18
Test flight of German Messerschmitt Me-262 using only its jet engines for the first time. 
Jul 19
Dmitri Shostakovitch' 7th Symphony premieres in USA 
Jul 19
German occupiers confiscate bicycles in Rotterdam & Hague 
Jul 20
1st detachment of Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, begin basic training 
Jul 20
Barbados dismiss Trinidad for 16 in 69 minutes, Derek Sealy 8-8 
Jul 20
Legion of Merit Medal authorized by US congress 
Jul 20
Time puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovitch on its cover 
Jul 21
8 die as coal waste heap slides in river valley near Oakwood, Va 
Jul 22
4th Russian army forms with 80 tanks 
Jul 22
Gasoline rationing using coupons begins 
Jul 22
Warsaw Ghetto Jews (300,000) are sent to Treblinka extermination Camp 
Jul 23
German troops conquer Rostow 
Jul 23
Hitler's Directive #45: order to occupy Stalingrad 
Jul 23
World War II: Operation Edelweiss (a German plan to gain control over the Caucasus) begins. 
Jul 24
Irving Berlin's musical "This is the Army" premieres in NYC 
Jul 25
German troops occupy Rostov 
Jul 25
German troops strike at Tsym Lyanskaja 
Jul 26
RAF bombs Hamburg 
Jul 26
RC churches protest, Dutch bishops stand against spread of Judaism 
Jul 28
Nazis liquidate 10,000 Jews in Minsk Belorussia Ghetto 
Jul 28
Zionists partisans ZOB forms in Poland 
Jul 29
Eastern Blvd in the Bronx renamed Bruckner Blvd 
Jul 30
FDR signs bill creating women's Navy auxiliary agency (WAVES) 
Jul 30
German SS kills 25,000 Jews in Minsk, Belorussia 
Jul 30
German occupiers set night curfew on Jews in Netherlands 
Jul 31
German SS gases 1,000 Jews in Minsk, Belorussia 
Jul 31
U-boats sank 96 allied ships this month: 476,000 ton 
Aug 1
Deurne soccer team forms 
Aug 1
German occupier demands listing of all Dutch telephone subscribers 
Aug 1
Race riots in Harlem, New York 
Aug 2
250 Dutch Catholic Jews arrested, transported to Amersfoort camp 
Aug 2
Col-Gen Hoth' Panzer army reaches Kotelnikovo 
Aug 4
1st train with Jews departs Mechelen Belgium to Auschwitz 
Aug 4
British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Cairo 
Aug 4
Col-gen Jeremenko arrives in Stalingrad/welcomed by Nikita Khrushchev 
Aug 4
German occupier orders all Dutch homing pigeons killed 
Aug 5
British government cancels agreement of Munich 
Aug 5
German troops cross Kuban River 
Aug 6
-8] Riots by Dutch Jews 
Aug 6
Canadian destroyer HMCS Assiniboine sinks U-210 
Aug 6
Churchill fires Gen Auchinlek as Middle-East commander 
Aug 6
Hermann Goering proclaims occupied areas "thoroughly empty to plunder" 
Aug 7
1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is 
Aug 7
Dutch resistance bombs Rotterdam railway 
Aug 7
Transport 16 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Aug 8
"Monty" appointed commander of British 8th Army at Alamein 
Aug 8
6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US executed in Washngton, DC 
Aug 8
British corvette HMS Dianthus sinks U-379 
Aug 8
Russian anti-offensive of Voronezh under marshal Timosjenko 
Aug 9
200 Jews escape Mir Ghetto in Poland 
Aug 9
Dmitri Shostakovitch's 7th Symphony performed in Leningrad 
Aug 9
Vice-Adm Mikawa lands at Guadalcanal, Solomon Island 
Aug 9
Mahatma Gandhi & 50 others arrested in Bombay after passing of a "quit India" campaign by the All-India Congress 
Aug 9
CBS radio broadcasts the debut of "Our Secret Weapon." 
Aug 10
Gen B Montgomery becomes commandant British 8th leader in N Africa 
Aug 11
- Sept 30] SS begins exterminating 3,500 Jews in Zelov Lodz Poland 
Aug 11
999 Jews are taken from Mechelen transit camp in Belgium 
Aug 11
British aircraft carrier Eagle torpedoed & sinks 
Aug 11
Lt-gen Montgomery makes landing on Gibraltar 
Aug 12
British premier Churchill arrives in Moscow, meets Stalin 
Aug 12
German 1st tank leader captures Elista, Kalmukkensteppe 
Aug 12
Lt General Bernard Montgomery arrives in Cairo 
Aug 14
Dwight D Eisenhower named commander for invasion of North Africa 
Aug 15
5 hostages executed by Nazis in St-Michielsgestel 
Aug 16
British Premier Winston Churchill travels back to Cairo from Moscow 
Aug 17
Task Force 17 leaves Pearl Harbor under Admiral George Murray on USS Hornet 
Aug 17
Transport nr 20 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Aug 17
US bombers 8th Air Force stage 1st independent raid on Europe attack Rouen, France 
Aug 18
Carlson's Raiders land on Makin, Gilbert islands, kill 350 Japanese 
Aug 19
-20] Churchill visits Montgomery's headquarter in Burg-al-Arab 
Aug 19
WWI: Over 4,000 Canadian & British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France 
Aug 19
WWII: General Paulus orders German 6th Army to conquer Stalingrad 
Aug 20
Dim-out regulations implemented in SF 
Aug 21
Alpine hunters plant German flag on Elbroezgebergte, Kaukasus 
Aug 21
Transport nr 22 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Aug 21
World War II: a Nazi flag is installed atop the Mount Elbrus. 
Aug 22
Brazil declares war on Germany, Japan & Italy 
Aug 23
1st US flights to land on Guadalcanal 
Aug 23
Battle of Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffe planes bomb Stalingrad (40,000 die) 
Aug 23
British Premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Cairo 
Aug 23
Walter Johnson pitches to Babe Ruth in pregame attraction that draws 69,000 for NY-Wash game (raises $80,000 for Army-Navy relief 
Aug 23
World War II: The last cavalry charge in history takes place at Izbushensky. 
Aug 24
Sea battle off Eastern Solomon Islands between United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy 
Aug 24
Transport nr 23 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Aug 25
SS begins transporting Jews of Maastricht 
Aug 26
7,000 Jews are rounded up in Vichy-France 
Aug 26
Japanse troops lands on New-Guinea, Milne Bay 
Aug 26
Russian counter offensive begins in Moscow 
Aug 26
Transport nr 24 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Aug 27
Cuba declares war on Germany, Japan & Italy 
Aug 28
9th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Bears 21, All-Stars 0 (101,100) 
Aug 28
Gunther Hagg (Sweden) sets world record for 3,000m (8:01.2) 
Aug 28
Transport nr 25 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Aug 30
Nazi-Germany annexes Luxembourg 
Aug 31
Battle at Alam Halfa: German & Italians assault 
Aug 31
U boats sunk this month 108 ships (544,000 ton) 
Sep 1
US Federal judge upholds detention of Japanese-Americans 
Sep 1
German troops land on Taman peninsula 
Sep 2
German troops enter Stalingrad 
Sep 4
Transport nr 28 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Sep 5
Battle at Alam Halfa ends 
Sep 5
British & US bomb Le Havre & Bremen 
Sep 6
56th US Women's Tennis: Pauline Betz beats A Louise Brough (46 61 64) 
Sep 6
Czech marathon runner Oskar Hêks transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau 
Sep 7
62nd US Men's Tennis: F Schroeder Jr beats F Parker (8-6 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-2) 
Sep 7
German occupiers take silver anniversary coins in battle 
Sep 7
Transport nr 29 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Sep 7
First flight of the Consolidated B-32 Dominator. 
Sep 9
1st bombing on continental US soil at Mount Emily, Oregon during WWII by Japanese planes 
Sep 9
Compulsory work for women, children & old males in Batavia 
Sep 10
British troops lands on Madagascar 
Sep 10
RAF drops 100,000 bombs on Dusseldorf 
Sep 11
Transport nr 31 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Sep 12
Battle of Edson's Ridge begins at Guadalcanal 
Sep 12
Free-Poland & Belgium asks pope to condemn nazi-war crimes 
Sep 13
Battle of Edson's Ridge (2nd Japanese assault) at Guadalcanal 
Sep 13
Cubs shortstop Leonard Merullo makes 4 errors in 1 inning 
Sep 13
German forces attack Stalingrad 
Sep 14
Battle of Edson's Ridge (Japanese assault) at Guadalcanal 
Sep 14
German troops occupy train station Stalingrad-1 
Sep 14
Yanks clinch pennant #13 
Sep 15
US aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal 
Sep 16
Japanese attack on Port Moresby repelled 
Sep 18
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation authorized for radio service 
Sep 18
The 'extermination asocials through labour' is approved by Otto Thierack, Nazi minister of justice 
Sep 20
Gunther Hagg becomes world champ of all records from 1500m to 5000m 
Sep 21
116 hostages executed by Nazis in Paris 
Sep 21
Transport nr 35 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Sep 22
Meulenberg robs of church bells 
Sep 23
Russian counter offensive at Stalingrad 
Sep 23
Transport nr 36 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Sep 23
The 'Manhattan Project' commences, under the direction of US General Leslie Groves: its aim - to deliver an atomic bomb. 
Sep 27
Heavy German assault in Stalingrad 
Sep 27
NY Giants beat Wash Redskins 14-7 without making a 1st down 
Sep 27
Reinhard Heydrich, "butcher of Prague," appointed SS-general (Gruppenfuehrer) 
Sep 27
St Louis Cards win NL pennant on last day of season 
Sep 28
Luftwaffe bombs Stalingrad 
Sep 28
NY Americans NHL team folded 
Sep 29
32°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Sept 
Sep 29
French Government in exile of De Gaulle cancels agreement of Munich 
Sep 30
98 U-boats sunk this month (485,000 tons) 
Sep 30
Admiral Nimitz's B-17 finds Guadalcanal using National Geographic map 
Sep 30
SS exterminates 3,500 Jews in Zelov Lodz Poland in 6 week period 
Oct 1
Bell P-59 Airacomet fighter, 1st US jet, makes maiden flight 
Oct 1
Little Golden Books (children's books) begins publishing 
Oct 2
"Queen Mary" slices cruiser "Curacao" in half, killing 338 
Oct 3
FDR forms Office of Economic Stabilization 
Oct 3
Launch of 1st A-4/V-2 rocket to altitude of 53 miles (85 km) 
Oct 3
NY Yanks Frank Crosetti shoves ump Bill Summers in World Series, he is fined $200 & suspended for 1st 30 days of 1943 season 
Oct 4
German assault on Tractor factory in Stalingrad 
Oct 5
5,000 Jews of Dubno Russia massacred 
Oct 5
St Louis Cards beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 1, in 39th World Series 
Oct 6
Allied assault on oil installations of Bula Ceram 
Oct 7
1 salvo Katjoesja-rocket destroys nazi battalion in Stalingrad 
Oct 7
Last camouflaged German raider Komet leaves Flushing harbor (Neth) 
Oct 7
Maxwell Andersons "Eve of St Mark" premieres in NYC 
Oct 7
US & British government announce establishment of United Nations 
Oct 7
Yvon Robert beats Bill Longson in Montreal, to become wrestling champ 
Oct 8
Fight at Matanikau, Guadalcanal (John Hersey-Into the Valley) 
Oct 8
Comedy duo Abbott and Costello launch their weekly radio show 
Oct 9
Statute of Westminster 1931 passed by the Australian parliament, formalises Australian autonomy. 
Oct 10
1,300 Austrian Jews transported to Theresienstadt concentration camp 
Oct 11
-Oct 12] Sea battle at Cape Esperance Guadalcanal 
Oct 12
Successful Russian counter attack through 37th Guard division 
Oct 12
US navy defeats Japanese in WW II Battle of Cape Esperance 
Oct 14
Dobbe resistances group overthrows Bonkarten distribution 
Oct 14
German assault on Tractor factory, 1000s killed 
Oct 14
Japanese battleship strikes Henderson Field, Guadalcanal 
Oct 15
German 6th Army occupies Tractorenfabriek, 3,000 Germans die 
Oct 16
Aaron Copland/de Milles ballet "Rodeo," premieres in NYC 
Oct 16
Cyclone in Bay of Bengal kills some 40,000 south of Calcutta India 
Oct 16
Natl Boxing Association freezes titles of those serving in armed services 
Oct 18
Hitler orders captured allied commandos to be killed 
Oct 20
"Durham Manifesto" calls for fundamental changes in race relations 
Oct 22
1st ships of invasion fleet for Oran (Algeria) leave Scotland 
Oct 22
US gens Clark & Lemnitzer & French gen Mast meet secretly in Algeria 
Oct 23
First ships of invasion fleet to Morocco leave Norfolk 
Oct 23
During WW II, Britain launches major offensive at El Alamein, Egypt 
Oct 23
German units go through Red October-factory in Stalingrad 
Oct 23
All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner are killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is award-winning composer and songwriter Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory", "Love in Bloom", "Blue Hawaii"). 
Oct 24
Second day of battle at El Alamein: British infantry 
Oct 25
3rd day of battle at El Alamein: British offensive 
Oct 25
Battle of Henderson Field Guadalcanal begins 
Oct 25
Field Marshal Rommel back in North-Africa 
Oct 26
Second day of Battle of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal 
Oct 26
Fourth day of battle at El Alamein: Australian breakthrough 
Oct 26
Battle of Santa Cruz: USS SD shoots down a record 32 enemy planes 
Oct 27
5th day of battle at El Alamein: heavy battles/Australian advance 
Oct 27
US aircraft carrier Hornet sinks off Santa Cruz 
Oct 28
6th day battle at El Alamein: British offensive under Montgomery 
Oct 28
Train crashes into bus, killing 16 & injuring 20 (Detroit Michigan) 
Oct 29
Seventh day of battle at El Alamein: Montgomery assault 
Oct 29
Alaska highway completed 
Oct 29
Branch Rickey named president/GM of Brooklyn Dodgers 
Oct 29
Nazis murder 16,000 Jews in Pinsk, Soviet Union 
Oct 30
8th day of battle at El Alamein: new Australian assault 
Oct 30
US aircraft carrier Enterprise reaches Noumea 
Oct 31
94 U boats sunk this month (619,000 ton) 
Oct 31
9th day of the Battle of El Alamein 
Nov 1
10th day of battle at El Alamein 
Nov 1
John H Johnson publishes 1st issue of Negro Digest 
Nov 2
11th day of battle at El Alamein: British assault on Tel el Aqqaqir 
Nov 3
12th day of battle at El Alamein: Scottish assault 
Nov 3
Despite Ted Williams winning Triple Crown, Yanks Joe Gordon wins AL MVP 
Nov 3
Mort Cooper wins NL MVP 
Nov 3
William L Dawson elected to Congress from Chicago 
Nov 4
13th day of battle at El Alamein: Afrika Korps draws back out Fuka-posing 
Nov 5
Nazi raid on Greek Jews in Paris 
Nov 5
Pro-British Clandestine Radio Diego Suarez's final transmission 
Nov 6
Nazis execute 12,000 Minsk ghetto Jews 
Nov 6
Sukarno & Mohammed Hatta found Ampat Serangkai 
Nov 7
First US president to broadcast in a foreign language-FDR in French 
Nov 7
Bicyclist Fausto Coppi establishes world record (45,848 km) 
Nov 8
1st WW II American expeditionary force lands in Africa (Gold Coast) 
Nov 8
Hitler proclaims fall of Stalingrad from Munich beer hall 
Nov 8
Operation Torch; began as US and British forces under Eisenhower land in French North Africa 
Nov 8
Vichy-France drops diplomatic relations with US 
Nov 9
German occupiers put Erik Scavenius as Danish premier 
Nov 9
Transport number 44 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
Nov 10
Philip Barry's "Without Love" premieres in NYC 
Nov 10
US troops occupy airport of Port-Lyautey, Morocco 
Nov 10
US-British troops occupies Oran, Algeria 
Nov 11
-12] last German offensive in Stalingrad 
Nov 11
745 French Jews deported to Auschwitz 
Nov 11
During WW II Germany completes the occupation of France 
Nov 11
Jews in Free Zone of France ordered to wear yellow star of David 
Nov 11
Lt-general Kumakashi Harada becomes Japanese commander on Java 
Nov 11
Transport nr 45 departs with French Jews to Nazi-Germany 
Nov 12
In World War II, battle of Guadalcanal began 
Nov 13
Chaotic "sea battle of Friday the 13th" at Guadalcanal 
Nov 13
Minimum draft age lowered from 21 to 18 
Nov 14
-Nov 15th) Japanese/US sea battle at Savo-Island in Guadalcanal) 
Nov 14
Last Vichy-French troops in Algeria surrender 
Nov 15
World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219. 
Nov 16
Assault of US B-17 Flying Fortresses on airport at Sidi Ahmed 
Nov 18
Thornton Wilders "Skin of our Teeth," premieres in NYC 
Nov 19
Joseph Goebbels visits "German Theatre in the Niederlanden" 
Nov 19
Russia launches winter offensive against Germans along Don front 
Nov 20
26th Russian Armoured Corps recaptures Perelazovski 
Nov 20
British 8th Army recaptures Benghazi, Libya 
Nov 20
NHL abolishes regular season OT until WW II is over 
Nov 20
Soviet army offensive during WWII, 1 million Russians breach German lines 
Nov 21
Hitler names fieldmarshal Erich von Manstein commander of the newly-created Army Group Don (Heeresgruppe Don) 
Nov 21
Tweety Bird, aka Tweety Pie, debuts in "Tale of Two Kitties" 
Nov 22
Gen-major Rodins 26th Pantser corp recaptures Ostrov 
Nov 22
Hitler orders Rommel's Africa Korps to fight to last man 
Nov 23
3rd & 5th Romanian army corp surrenders 
Nov 23
Coast Guard Woman's Auxiliary (SPARS) authorized 
Nov 23
Col-gen Von Paul asks Hitler to surrender 
Nov 23
German 4th & 6th Army surrounded at Stalingrad 
Nov 23
Japans bombing of Port Darwin, Australia 
Nov 23
Poon Lim set adrift for 133 days after his boat is torpedoed 
Nov 23
Russian 21st Army recaptures Kalatsj at Don 
Nov 23
Steward Poon Lim begins floating in a raft 133 days 
Nov 24
Fieldmarshal Erich von Manstein arrives in Starobelsk 
Nov 24
French collaborator Marquis de Brinon establishes "African Falanx" 
Nov 25
National Organization for Aid to Underground, LO, forms 
Nov 26
"Casablanca" premieres at Hollywood Theatre, NYC 
Nov 26
Anti-fascist Council for National Liberation (AVNOJ) forms 
Nov 27
Bobby Managoff beats Yvon Robert in Houston, to become wrestling champ 
Nov 27
French navy at Toulon scuttles ships & subs so Nazis cannot seize them 
Nov 27
Tito appoints Anti-fascist Liberation board in Yugoslavia 
Nov 28
492 die in a fire that destroyed Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston 
Nov 29
US rations coffee 
Nov 30
-Dec 1st: Sea battle at Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal 
Nov 30
109 U boats sunk this month (729,000 ton) 
Nov 30
30th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Hurricanes defeats Winnipeg Bombers, 8-5 
Nov 30
Bill Terry resigns as supervisor of NY Giants minor league system 
Nov 30
German scout ship Altmark explode & sinks off Yokohama 
Dec 1
Gasoline rationed in US 
Dec 1
The Beveridge Report is published by the British government unveiling plans for a post-war welfare state 
Dec 2
Nuclear-Physicist Walter Zinn initiates the world's first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction in the world's first nuclear reactor at the University of Chicago 
Dec 4
1st US citizenship granted an alien on foreign soil (James Hoey) 
Dec 4
FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration 
Dec 4
US bombers struck Italian mainland for 1st time in WW II 
Dec 4
Holocaust: In Warsaw, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Wanda Filipowicz set up the Żegota organization. 
Dec 5
CFL Grey Cup: Tor beats Win RCAF, 8 -5 at Toronto 
Dec 5
Seyss-Inquart orders students in nazi-Germany to work 
Dec 5
West Indies chocolate/coffee drop above Netherland 
Dec 6
Queen Wilhelmina announces Dutch Commonwealth 
Dec 6
RAF bombs Philips factory (150 die) 
Dec 8
8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (HB) 
Dec 10
Hitler names Mussert "leader of Netherland people" 
Dec 10
North Africa: 5th German panzer army forms under col-gen von Arnim 
Dec 11
Australian/Dutch guerrilla troops evacuated to Timor near Australia 
Dec 12
German offensive in South Western Stalingrad 
Dec 12
A fire in a hostel in St. John's, Newfoundland, kills 100 people. 
Dec 13
Seyss-Inquart allows Dutch Nazi Anton Mussert to call himself Leader 
Dec 13
Washington Redskins defeat Chic Bears 14-6, to win NFL title 
Dec 15
Massachusetts issues 1st US vehicular license plate tabs 
Dec 16
Hitler orders combat against partisans in Russia & Balkan 
Dec 17
Allies in London sentence German war criminals 
Dec 20
1st Japanese bombing of Calcutta 
Dec 21
US Supreme court declares Nevada separation legal 
Dec 22
World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon. 
Dec 23
Allies air attack on Den Helder 
Dec 24
1st powered flight of V-1 'buzz bomb', Peenemunde, Germany 
Dec 24
Red army occupies German airports at Tasjinskaja & Morozowsk 
Dec 25
Admiral Dalans murderer of Bosinier de la Chapelle, sentenced to death 
Dec 25
British Col S W Bailey reaches Mihailovics headquarter 
Dec 25
Russian artillery/tank battle on German armies at Stalingrad 
Dec 27
1st Japanese women camp (Ambarawa) goes into use 
Dec 27
NFL Pro Bowl: NFL All-Stars beats Washington 17-14 
Dec 27
The Union of Pioneers of Yugoslavia is founded. 
Dec 28
Oberkommando Wehrmacht orders strategist flight out of Kaukasus 
Dec 28
Robert Sullivan becomes 1st pilot to fly Atlantic 100 times 
Dec 31
60 U boats sunk this month (330,000 ton) 
Dec 31
Battle in Barents Sea 
Dec 31
Potatoes rationed in Holland 
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