1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (dominical letter D) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1942nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 942nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 42nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1940s decade.
Below, events of World War II have the "WWII" prefix.January 1 – WWII:
The Declaration by United Nations is signed by China, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Soviet Union and 22 other nations, in which they agree "not to make any separate peace with the Axis powers".
United States and Philippines troops fight the Battle of Bataan against Japanese forces.
January 2 – WWII:
Japanese warplanes bomb Manila, Philippines.
Activation of the United States Eighth Air Force in Savannah, Georgia.
WWII: Operation Typhoon, the German attempt to take Moscow, ends in failure.
WWII: The siege of the Bataan Peninsula begins.
January 11 – WWII:
Dutch East Indies campaign: Japan declares war on the Netherlands and invades the Dutch East Indies.
Malayan Campaign: The Japanese capture Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the Federated Malay States.
Sikorsky R-4 first flies, in the United States; it will become the first mass-produced helicopter.
Heinkel test pilot Helmut Schenk becomes the first person to escape from a stricken aircraft with an ejection seat.
January 16 – American film actress Carole Lombard and her mother are among all 22 aboard TWA Flight 3 killed when the Douglas DC-3 plane crashes into Potosi Mountain near Las Vegas while she is returning from a tour to promote the sale of war bonds.
January 19 – WWII:
Japanese forces invade Burma.
Establishment of Commands of the United States Eighth Air Force: VIII Bomber Command initially at Langley Field in Virginia and VIII Fighter Command at Selfridge Field in Michigan.
January 20 – The Holocaust: Nazis at the Wannsee Conference in Berlin decide that the "Final Solution (Endlösung) to the Jewish problem" is relocation, and later extermination.
January 21 – WWII: Erwin Rommel launches his new offensive in Cyrenaica.
January 23 – WWII: The Battle of Rabaul begins.
January 25 – WWII: Thailand declares war on the United States and United Kingdom.
January 26 – WWII: The first American forces arrive in Europe, landing in Northern Ireland.
January 31 – WWII: Malayan Campaign: The last organized Allied forces leave British Malaya, ending the 54-day campaign, and the Johor–Singapore Causeway is severed.
February – C. S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters first published in book format in England.
February 1 – WWII: The Command staff of the Eighth Air Force reaches England.
February 3 – WWII: Rommel suspends his offensive in Cyrenaica.
February 7 – United States Maritime Commission fleet operations transferred to the War Shipping Administration (lasting until September 1, 1946).
António Óscar Carmona is elected president of Portugal.
WWII: Top United States military leaders hold their first formal meeting to discuss American military strategy in the war.
Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States.
February 9 – The ocean liner SS Normandie catches fire while being converted into the troopship USS Lafayette (AP-53) for WWII at pier 88 in New York City: she capsizes early the following morning.
February 11 – Operation Cerberus: A flotilla of Kriegsmarine ships dash from Brest through the English Channel to northern ports; the British fail to sink any of them.
February 15 – WWII: Singapore surrenders to Japanese forces.
February 18 – WWII: More than 200 American sailors die in Newfoundland when the USS Truxtun runs aground near Chambers Cove and the USS Pollux runs aground at Lawn Point.
February 19 – WWII:
Japanese warplanes bomb Darwin, Australia.
A returning Japanese fighter plane crashes on Melville Island (Australia) and its pilot, Hajime Toyoshima, becomes the first Japanese captured on Australian soil when indigenous resident Matthias Ulungura takes him prisoner.
United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066 allowing the United States military to define areas as exclusionary zones. These zones affect the Japanese on the West Coast, and Germans and Italians primarily on the East Coast.
February 19-23 – WWII: Battle of Sittang Bridge – British forces retreat to the Sittaung River.
February 20 – Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America's first U.S. Navy WWII flying ace.
February 22 – General George Marshall transmits a direct order to General MacArthur in President Roosevelt's name, ordering MacArthur himself to turn over command of the Philippines to a subordinate and report to Australia to assume command of the large American force being built up there. The orders are worded to allow MacArthur to choose the exact moment of his departure; for various reasons, he will not leave until March 12 (Eastern Date).
February 23 – The Japanese submarine I-17 fires 17 high-explosive shells toward an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, causing little damage.
Struma disaster: MV Struma, carrying Jewish refugees from Axis-allied Romania to British-administered Palestine, is torpedoed and sunk by the Soviet submarine Shch-213, killing about 791 men, women and children, with only one survivor.
Propaganda: The Voice of America begins broadcasting.
February 25 – Battle of Los Angeles: Over 1,400 AA shells are fired at an unidentified, slow-moving object in the skies over Los Angeles. The appearance of the object triggers an immediate wartime blackout over most of Southern California, with thousands of air raid wardens being deployed throughout the city. In total there are 6 deaths. Despite the several-hour barrage no planes are downed.
The worst coal dust explosion to date, in Honkeiko, China, claims 1,549 lives.
The 14th Academy Awards ceremony is held in Los Angeles; How Green Was My Valley wins Best Picture.
February 27 – WWII: Battle of the Java Sea: An allied (ABDA) task force of 14 vessels under Dutch command, trying to stem a Japanese invasion of the Dutch East Indies, is defeated by a 19 vessel Japanese task force in the Java Sea; 2.300 sailors die, including the commander, admiral Karel Doorman; Japanese attain naval hegemony in East-Asia
March – Construction begins on the Badger Army Ammunition Plant, the largest in the United States during WWII.
March 9 – WWII: Executive order 9082 (February 28, 1942) comes into effect reorganizing the United States Army into three major commands: Army Ground Forces, Army Air Forces, and Services of Supply, later redesignated Army Service Forces, with Henry H. Arnold as Commanding General of the United States Army Air Forces.
March 12 – WWII: U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, his family, and key members of his staff are evacuated by PT boat, under cover of darkness, from Corregidor in the Philippines. Command of U.S. forces in the Philippines passes to Major General Jonathan M. Wainwright.
March 16 – WWII: New Zealand and Australia declare war on Thailand.
March 17 – The Holocaust: the Nazi German Bełżec extermination camp opens in occupied Poland about 1 km south of the railroad station at Bełżec in the Lublin district of the General Government. At least 434,508 people are killed here up to December 1942.
March 18 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, signs Executive Order 9102, creating the War Relocation Authority (WRA), which becomes responsible for the internment of Americans of Japanese and, to a lesser extent, German and Italian descent, many of them legal citizens.
March 20 – WWII: After being forced to flee the Philippines, U.S. General Douglas MacArthur announces (in Terowie, South Australia), "I came through and I shall return."
March 23 – WWII: The Germans burn down the Ukrainian village of Yelino (Koriukivka Raion), killing 296 civilians.
March 24 – The evacuation of Polish nationals from the Soviet Union begins. It is conducted in two phases: until 5 April; and between 10 and 30 August 1942, by sea from Krasnovodsk to Pahlavi (Anzali), and (to a lesser extent) overland from Ashkabad to Mashhad. In all, 115,000 people are evacuated, 37,000 of them civilians, 18,000 children (7% of the number of Polish citizens originally exiled to the Soviet Union).
WWII: St Nazaire Raid (Operation Chariot) – British Commandos raid Saint-Nazaire on the coast of Western France to put its dockyard facilities out of action.
WWII: St. Mary's Church, Lübeck is destroyed by an allied bombing raid - Bombing of Lübeck in World War II
April – The Holocaust: the Nazi German extermination camp Sobibór opens in occupied Poland on the outskirts of the town of Sobibór. Between April 1942 and October 1943, at least 160,000 people are killed here.
Spring – The Holocaust: the Nazi German extermination camp Treblinka II opens in occupied Poland near the village of Treblinka. Between July 23, 1942, and October 1943, around 850,000 people are killed here, more than 800,000 of whom are Jews.
April 3 – WWII: Japanese forces begin an all-out assault on the United States and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula.
April 5 – WWII: Easter Sunday Raid – Aircraft of the Japanese Navy attack Colombo in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Royal Navy cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire are sunk southwest of the island.
April 9 – WWII:
The Bataan Peninsula falls and the Bataan Death March begins.
The Japanese Navy launches an air raid on Trincomalee in Ceylon (Sri Lanka); the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Hermes (95) and Royal Australian Navy destroyer HMAS Vampire are sunk off the country's East Coast.
April 13 – 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.
April 14 – WWII: The submarine HMS Upholder is sunk.
April 14 – WWII: The German submarine U-85 is sunk by USS Roper.
April 15 – WWII: Award of the George Cross to Malta: King George VI awards the George Cross to the island of Malta to mark the Siege of Malta, saying, "To honour her brave people I award the George Cross to the Island Fortress of Malta, to bear witness to a heroism and a devotion that will long be famous in history" (from January 1 to July 24, there is only one 24-hour period during which no bombs fall on this tiny island).
April 17 – WWII: Henri Giraud the French commander captured in 1940, escapes from Königstein Fortress.
April 18 – WWII: Tokyo, Japan, is attacked by the Doolittle Raid, a small force of B-25 Mitchell bomber aircraft commanded by then-Lieutenant Colonel James "Jimmy" Doolittle.
WWII: Exeter becomes the first historic English city bombed as part of the Baedeker Blitz in retaliation for the British bombing of Lübeck.
Exeter-born William Temple enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury.
April 25 – The Princess Elizabeth registers for war service in the U.K.
April 26 – WWII: The Reichstag meets for the last time, dissolving itself and proclaiming Adolf Hitler the "Supreme Judge of the German People", granting him the power of life and death over every German citizen.
WWII: A national plebiscite is held in Canada on the issue of conscription.
The Jewish Star of David is required wearing for all Jews in the Netherlands and Belgium; Jews in other Nazi-controlled countries have already been wearing it.
April 29 – WWII: An explosion at a chemical factory in Tessenderlo, Belgium leaves 200 dead and 1,000 injured.
May – Operation Pluto: The plan to construct oil pipelines under the English Channel between England and France is tested in the River Medway.
May 5 – WWII – Operation Ironclad: British forces invade the French colony of Madagascar.
May 7 – WWII: On Corregidor, the last American and Filipino forces in the Philippines surrender to the Japanese under command of 2Lt. Robert L. Obourn (92nd Coastal Artillery Corps Battalion, G Battery) from Fort Mills.
WWII: The Battle of the Kerch Peninsula: The German 11th Army begins Operation Trappenjagd (Bustard Hunt) and destroys the bridgehead of the three Soviet Armies (44th, 47th, and 51st) defending the Kerch Peninsula, in the eastern part of the Crimea.
WWII: The Battle of the Coral Sea (first battle in naval history where 2 enemy fleets fight without seeing each other's fleets) ends in an Allied victory.
WWII: The Battle of the Kerch Peninsula: German and Romanian forces launches Unternehmen Trappenjagd (Operation Busted Hunt) aiming at defeating the Soviet Crimean Front defending the Kerch Peninsula. The battle ends in Axis victory. Part of the Eastern Front.
May 8/May 9 – WWII: At night, gunners of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery on Horsburgh Island in the Cocos Islands mutiny. The mutiny is crushed and three executed (the only British Commonwealth soldiers to be executed for mutiny during the Second World War).
WWII – Second Battle of Kharkov: In the eastern Ukraine, the Soviet Army initiates a major offensive. During the battle the Soviets capture the city of Kharkov from the German Army, only to be encircled and destroyed.
WWII: The Japanese minelayer Okinoshima is sunk by the American submarine USS S-42.
May 14 – Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait is performed for the first time by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
May 15 – WWII: In the United States, a bill creating the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.
May 20 – The first African-American seamen are taken into the United States Navy.
May 21 – WWII: Mexico declares war against Nazi Germany after the sinking of the Mexican tanker Faja de Oro by German submarine U-160 off Key West.
WWII – Battle of Bir Hakeim: The Free French and British troops slow the German advance in North Africa.
WWII: Anglo-Soviet Treaty of 1942 to help establish military and political alliance between the USSR and the British Empire is signed in London by foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and by Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov.
May 27 – WWII – Operation Anthropoid: Czech paratroopers attempt to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich in Prague.
May 30–31 – WWII: Bombing of Cologne – British RAF Bomber Command's "Operation Millennium", its first 1,000 bomber raid, with associated fires make 13,000 families homeless and kills around 475 people, mostly civilians; 3,330 non-residential buildings are totally destroyed.
May 31–June 1 – WWII: Attack on Sydney Harbour: Japanese midget submarines infiltrate Sydney Harbour in Australia in an attempt to attack Allied warships.
WWII: Mexico declares war on Germany, Italy and Japan.
The Grand Coulee Dam is finished on the Columbia River.
June 4 – WWII: Reinhard Heydrich succumbs to wounds sustained on May 27 from Czechoslovakian paratroopers acting in Operation Anthropoid.
June 5 – The United States declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary & Romania.
June 4–June 7 – WWII: The Battle of Midway: The Japanese naval advance in the Pacific is halted.
June 7 – WWII: Japanese forces invade the Aleutian Islands (the first invasion of American soil in 128 years).
June 8 – WWII: Attack on Sydney Harbour: The Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle are shelled by Japanese submarines. The eastern suburbs of both cities are damaged and the east coast is blacked out.
June 9 – WWII:
Nazis burn the Czech village of Lidice in reprisal for the killing of Reinhard Heydrich.
(12:30 a.m.) – B-17 Flying Fortress air crash near Auckland.
June 10 – WWII: The Gestapo massacres 173 male residents of Lidice, Czechoslovakia in retaliation for the killing of Reinhard Heydrich.
June 12 – The Holocaust: On her 13th birthday, Anne Frank makes the first entry in her new diary.
June 13 – WWII: The United States opens its Office of War Information, a propaganda center.
June 18 – WWII: The SS surrounds the church where Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík, the assassins of Reinhard Heydrich, are hiding. Kubiš is fatally wounded in the ensuing shootout and Gabčík commits suicide to avoid capture.
June 23 – The experimental early type of a nuclear reactor L-IV led to an accident, becoming the first nuclear accident in history and consisting of steam explosion and reactor fire in Leipzig.
WWII: The Germans launch Case Blue, Army Group South's drive to Stalingrad and the Baku Oil fields.
WWII: The German Eleventh Army under Erich von Manstein takes Sevastopol, although fighting rages until July 9.
July – The Holocaust: Inmates of Westerbork transit camp in the occupied Netherlands begin to be shipped to Nazi extermination camps. From now until 1944 around 107,000, mostly Jewish, from here will be killed.
July 1–July 27 – WWII: The First Battle of El Alamein.
July 3 – WWII: Guadalcanal, occupied only by aborigines falls to the Japanese Naval construction force deployed to construct an air field on the island.
July 4 – WWII in the European Theater of Operations:
Twenty-four ships are sunk by German bombers and submarines after Convoy PQ 17 to the Soviet Union is scattered in the Arctic Ocean to evade the German battleship Tirpitz.
US Eighth Air Force inauspiciously flies its first mission in Europe using borrowed British planes and bombs targets in the Netherlands, such as De Kooy airfield attached to Den Helder naval base. Three of six aircraft return; Captain Charles C. Kegelman is the first member of 8th Airforce to be awarded DFC for this mission.
July 6 – The Holocaust: Anne Frank's family goes into hiding in an attic above her father's office in an Amsterdam warehouse.
July 8 – Turkish prime minister Refik Saydam died while working in office. For one day he is succeeded by Ahmet Fikri Tüzer
July 9 – Şükrü Saracoğlu forms the new (13th) government in Turkey.
July 13 – WWII: U-boats sink 3 more merchant ships in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
July 14 – WWII: Germany introduces the Ostvolk Medal for Soviet personnel in the Wehrmacht.
The Holocaust: By order of the Vichy France government headed by Pierre Laval, French police officers round-up 13,000–20,000 Jews and imprison them in the Winter Velodrome.
Georges Bégué and others escape from the Mauzac prison camp.
July 18 – WWII: The Germans test fly the Messerschmitt Me 262 (using only its jets) for the first time.
July 19 – WWII: Battle of the Atlantic: German Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz orders the last U-boats to withdraw from their United States Atlantic coast positions, in response to an effective American convoy system.
July 21 – The Japanese establish a beachhead on the north coast of New Guinea in the Buna-Gona area; a small Australian force begins a rearguard action on the Kokoda Track campaign.
July 22 – The Holocaust: The systematic deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto begins.
July 23 – Holocaust: The gas chambers at Treblinka extermination camp begin operation, killing 6,500 Jews newly arrived from the Warsaw Ghetto.
July 29 – The Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR institutes the Order of Suvorov, the Order of Kutuzov, and reinstates the Order of Alexander Nevsky.
WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in the United States.
SS Robert E. Lee sunk in the Gulf of Mexico by U-166 which is itself sunk by the escorting patrol craft.
July 31 – The Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (Oxfam) is founded in England.
August 7 – WWII: Guadalcanal Campaign begins – The U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps begin the first American offensive of the war with an amphibious landing on the island of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.
WWII: Convoy SC 94 loses ten ships as the first to be heavily attacked by U-boats resuming mid-Atlantic wolf pack attacks through the climactic winter of 194243.
WWII: In Washington, D.C., six German saboteurs are executed for their role in a failed mission of Operation Pastorius. (Two others are cooperative and receive sentences of life imprisonment instead, being freed a few years after the end of the war.)
Walt Disney's fifth animated feature film Bambi receives its world première in London.
Indian leader, Mohandas Gandhi is arrested in Bombay by British forces.
Start, led by the goalkeeper Nikolai Trusevich, play football against the German Luftwaffe team Flakelf in Nazi-occupied Kiev. Against all odds, they win 5–3. Eight of them are later arrested and tortured, and at least four are killed.
Leningrad première of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 with the city still under siege.
August 13 – Quit India resolution is passed by the Bombay session of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), which leads to the start of a historical civil disobedience movement across India.
August 15 – WWII: The American tanker Ohio reaches Malta as part of the convoy of Operation Pedestal.
Polish-Jewish teacher Janusz Korczak follows a group of Jewish children into the Treblinka extermination camp.
The U.S. Navy blimp L-8 (Flight 101) comes ashore near San Francisco, eventually coming down in Daly City (the crew is missing).
August 17 – WWII: First raid by heavy bombers of U.S. Eighth Air Force against occupied France.
August 19 – WWII: Dieppe Raid: Allied forces raid Dieppe, France.
August 20 – Plutonium is isolated for the first time at the Metallurgical Laboratory of the University of Chicago.
August 22 – WWII: Brazil declares war on Germany and Italy.
August 23 – WWII: Battle of Stalingrad begins: German troops reach the suburbs of Stalingrad.
August 24 – WWII:
Charge of the Savoia Cavalleria at Isbuscenskij: An Italian cavalry regiment attacks Soviet forces with drawn sabres at Isbuscenskij in Russia, one of the last major cavalry charges.
North Atlantic convoy ON 122 is attacked by U-boats sinking four ships.
WWII: Japanese marines land at Milne Bay.
Prince George, Duke of Kent, brother to King George VI and King Edward VIII, dies in a flying accident over Morven in Scotland at the age of 39.
August 30 – Luxembourg is formally annexed to the German Reich.
August 31 – A general strike is launched in Luxembourg to protest against forced conscription.
August 31–September 5 – WWII: Battle of Alam el Halfa.
September 2 – The island of Les Casquets in the Channel Islands is raided by the forerunner of the British SAS, the SSRF, led by Major Gus March-Phillipps; this is one of the first raids by Anders Lassen VC. In the raid the entire garrison of 7 is abducted and returned to England as prisoners and the radio and lighthouse wrecked.
September 3 – The Holocaust: A German attempt to liquidate the Jewish Łachwa Ghetto in occupied Poland leads to an uprising, probably the first ghetto uprising of the war.
WWII: Battle of Milne Bay: Japanese forces suffer their first defeat on land.
The Holocaust: The Jews of Wolbrom in occupied Poland are rounded up by the Germans and their Ukrainian collaborators. What was once a flourishing community suddenly ceases to exist.
September 9 – WWII: A Japanese floatplane drops incendiary devices at Mount Emily, near Brookings, Oregon, in the first of two "Lookout Air Raids", the first bombing of the continental United States.
WWII: North Atlantic convoy ON 127 is attacked by U-boats, sinking six ships.
Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) begins operation in the United States.
September 12 – The RMS Laconia, carrying civilians, Allied soldiers and Italian Prisoners of War, is torpedoed off the coast of West Africa and sinks, killing 1,649 people.
September 15 – Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) established in the United States.
September 24 – WWII: Andrée Borrel and Lise de Baissac become the first female SOE agents to be parachuted into occupied France.
September 26 – The Holocaust: Nazi official August Frank issues the August Frank memorandum setting out how the belongings of "evacuated" (i.e. murdered) Jews are to be disposed of.
September 27 – WWII: Both commerce raiding German auxiliary cruiser Stier and American Liberty ship SS Stephen Hopkins sink following a gun battle in the South Atlantic. Hilfskreuzer Stier is the only commerce raider to be sunk by a defensively equipped merchant ship.
October 2 – The British cruiser HMS Curacoa collides with the liner RMS Queen Mary (carrying troops from the United States) off the coast of Donegal and sinks; 338 drown.
October 3 – The first A-4 rocket is successfully launched from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany. The rocket flies 147 kilometres wide and reaches a height of 84.5 kilometres, becoming the first man-made object to reach space.
October 9 – The Statute of Westminster Adoption Act passed by the Parliament of Australia formalizes Australian autonomy from the United Kingdom.
October 11 – WWII – 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.
October 13 – WWII: North Atlantic convoy SC 104 is attacked by U-boats sinking seven ships.
October 14 – A U-boat sinks the ferry SS Caribou off Newfoundland, killing 137.
A hurricane and flood in Bombay kill 40,000.
The Mouse of Tomorrow featuring the debut of Mighty Mouse is released.
October 18 – WWII – Hitler issues Commando Order which stipulates that all Allied commandos encountered by German forces should be executed immediately without trial, even in proper uniforms, in response to the Dieppe Raid and Operation Basalt conducted by the Allies. After the war, the Nuremberg trials found this order a direct violation of the laws and customs of war.
October 21 – A Royal New Zealand Air Force Torpedo Bomber sinks the German MS Palatia (1928) with a loss of 946 people.
October 23 – Award-winning composer and songwriter Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory") is among 12 people killed in the mid-air collision between an American Airlines DC-3 airliner and a U.S. Army bomber near Palm Springs, California.
October 23–26 – WWII: Battle for Henderson Field: Japanese forces fail to recapture Henderson Field airfield in Guadalcanal from the Americans.
October 23–November 4 – WWII: Second Battle of El Alamein: British troops go on the offensive against the Axis forces.
October 26 – WWII: Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands: Two Japanese aircraft carriers are heavily damaged and one U.S. Navy carrier is sunk.
Film actor Errol Flynn is accused of statutory rape by two teenage girls.
The Alaska Highway is completed.
October 29 – The Holocaust: In the United Kingdom, leading clergymen and political figures hold a public meeting to register outrage over Nazi Germany's persecution of Jews.
October 30 – WWII:
U-boats sink eleven ships attacking diversionary convoy SL 125, but move out of the path of approaching troopships carrying Allied Operation Torch invasion forces.
British sailors board U-559 as it sinks in the Mediterranean and retrieve its Enigma machine and codebooks.
November 1 – WWII: North Atlantic convoy SC 107 is heavily attacked by U-boats sinking fifteen ships.
November 2 – A USAAF squadron, including B-24 Liberators, intercepts many Luftwaffe patrols off the coast of Oran, Algeria.
November 3 – WWII: Second Battle of El Alamein: German forces under Erwin Rommel are forced to retreat during the night.
November 8 – WWII:
Operation Torch: United States and United Kingdom forces land in French North Africa.
French Resistance Coup in Algiers: 400 French civil resisters neutralize the Vichyist XIXth Army Corps and the Vichyist generals (Juin, Darlan, etc.) thus allowing the immediate success of Operation Torch in Algiers, and ultimately the whole of French North Africa.
November 9 – WWII: U.S serviceman Edward Leonski is hanged at Melbourne's Pentridge Prison for the "Brown-Out" murders of three women in May.
November 10 – WWII: In violation of a 1940 armistice, Germany invades Vichy France, following French Admiral François Darlan's agreement to an armistice with the Allies in North Africa.
November 12 – WWII: Guadalcanal Campaign: A naval battle near Guadalcanal starts between Japanese and American forces.
November 13 – WWII:
Guadalcanal Campaign: Aviators from the USS Enterprise sink the Japanese battleship Hiei.
British forces capture Tobruk.
November 15 – WWII:
The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal ends: Although the United States Navy suffers heavy losses, it retains control of Guadalcanal.
A BOAC scheduled passenger flight, a DC-3 with registration G-AGBB, (formerly KLM PH-ALI, Ibis), en route between Lisbon and Bristol, is attacked over the Bay of Biscay by German fighters. Although damaged, it escapes and lands in England. Other attacks follow on the same aircraft and scheduled route: April 19 and June 1, 1943 (fatal).
British forces capture Derna, Libya.
November 18 – WWII: North Atlantic convoy ON 144 is attacked by U-boats sinking five ships.
November 19 – WWII: Battle of Stalingrad: Soviet Union forces under General Georgy Zhukov launch the Operation Uranus counter-attacks at Stalingrad, turning the tide of the battle in the USSR's favor.
November 20 – WWII: British forces capture Benghazi.
November 21 – The completion of the Alaska Highway (also known as the Alcan Highway) is celebrated (however, the "highway" is not usable by general vehicles until 1943).
November 22 – WWII: Battle of Stalingrad: The situation for the German attackers of Stalingrad seems desperate during the Soviet counter-attack Operation Uranus, and General Friedrich Paulus sends Adolf Hitler a telegram saying that the German Sixth Army is surrounded.
November 23 – WWII
A U-boat sinks the SS Ben Lomond off the coast of Brazil. One crewman, Chinese second steward Poon Lim, is separated from the others and spends 130 days adrift until he is rescued on April 3, 1943.
Legislation approves the United States Coast Guard Women's Reserve to help fill jobs and free men to serve during the war effort. They are known as the SPARS ("Semper Paratus, Always Ready!")
November 25–26 – WWII: Operation Harling: A British Special Operations Executive team, together with Greek Resistance fighters, blows up the Gorgopotamos viaduct in the first major sabotage act in occupied continental Europe.
November 26 – The movie Casablanca premières at the Hollywood Theater in New York City.
November 27 – WWII: At Toulon, the French navy scuttles its ships and submarines to keep them out of Nazi hands.
Cocoanut Grove fire: A fire in the Cocoanut Grove night club in Boston, Massachusetts, kills 491.
The large-scale German "pacification" of the Zamojszczyzna region of Poland begins.
November 29 – The Blue Star Line cargo liner MV Dunedin Star runs aground on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. Crew and passengers survive following a 26-day overland trek to Windhoek.
November 30 – WWII: Battle of Tassafaronga – In a nighttime naval battle as part of the Guadalcanal Campaign, ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy defeat those of the United States Navy.
December 1 – Gasoline rationing begins in the United States.
December 2 – Manhattan Project: Below the bleachers of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago, a team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction (a coded message, "The Italian navigator has landed in the new world" is then sent to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt).
The Holocaust: In Warsaw, two women, Zofia Kossak and Wanda Filipowicz, risk their lives by setting up the Council for the Assistance of the Jews.
WWII: USAAF bombers make their first raid on Italy.
December 7 – WWII: British commandos conduct Operation Frankton, a raid on shipping in Bordeaux harbour.
December 8 – A fire at Seacliff Lunatic Asylum in New Zealand kills 39 patients.
December 17 – 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 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.
December 24 – French Admiral Darlan, the former Vichy leader who has switched over to the Allies following the Torch landings, is assassinated in Algiers.
December 27 – The Union of Pioneers of Yugoslavia is founded.
December 28 – North Atlantic Convoy ON 154 is heavily attacked by U-boats sinking thirteen ships.
DDT is first used as a pesticide.
1942 FIFA World Cup competition in Association football, which Nazi Germany sought to host, is not held, due to World War II.
Country Joe McDonald, American musician
Gennadi Sarafanov, Russian cosmonaut (d. 2005)
Dennis Hastert, American politician, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Hugh Shelton, American military leader, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
László Sólyom, President of Hungary
John Thaw, English actor (d. 2002)
Bolaji Akinyemi, Nigerian professor of political science
Dame Marcela Contreras, Chilean-British immunologist and educator
Maurizio Pollini, Italian pianist
Charlie Rose, American television anchor, talk show host
January 7 – Vasily Alekseyev, Soviet weightlifter
Stephen Hawking, British physicist
Junichiro Koizumi, 56th Prime Minister of Japan
January 12 – Ramiro de León Carpio, 31st President of Guatemala (d. 2002)
January 14 – Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal, Chief Justice of India
January 16 – René Angélil, Canadian singer and manager (d. 2016)
Muhammad Ali, American boxer (d. 2016)
Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist
Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist
January 19 – Michael Crawford, English actor, singer and entertainer
Carl Eller, American football player
Eusébio, Mozambican Portuguese footballer (d. 2014)
January 26 – Soad Hosny, Egyptian actress (d. 2001)
Hans Jürgen Bäumler, German figure skater, actor, pop singer and television host
Erkki Pohjanheimo, Finnish TV-producer and director
Daniela Bianchi, Italian actress
Derek Jarman, English director and writer (d. 1994)
Bibi Besch, Austrian-American actress (d. 1996)
Terry Jones, Welsh actor and writer
February 2 – Graham Nash, English rock musician (The Hollies)
February 5 – Roger Staubach, American football player
February 6 – Ahmad-Jabir Ahmadov Ismail oghlu, Azeri professor and academic
February 7 – Gareth Hunt, English actor (d. 2007)
February 9 – Carole King, American singer and composer
February 10 – Howard Mudd, American offensive lineman & offensive line coach
February 12 – Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel
Carol Lynley, American actress
Donald E. Williams, American astronaut (d. 2016)
Peter Tork, American musician, performer
February 14 – Michael Bloomberg, American businessman, philanthropist, and the founder of Bloomberg L.P., Mayor of New York City
February 15 – Sherry Jackson, American actress
February 19 – Paul Krause, American football player
Phil Esposito, Canadian hockey player
Mitch McConnell, United States Senator (R-KY)
February 21 – Margarethe von Trotta, German actress, film director, and writer
February 24 – Joe Lieberman, American politician, longtime Connecticut Senator (1989-2013), and 2000 Democratic nominee for Vice President under Al Gore
February 25 – Karen Grassle, American actress
Michel Forget, Canadian actor
Robert H. Grubbs, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
Brian Jones, English musician (The Rolling Stones) (d. 1969)
Dino Zoff, Italian footballer and manager
John Irving, American author
Lou Reed, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
March 5 – Felipe González, Prime Minister of Spain
Tammy Faye Bakker, American evangelist, singer and television personality (d. 2007)
Michael Eisner, American film studio executive
Pedro Bandeira, Brazilian children's author
John Cale, Welsh composer and musician
Bert Campaneris, Cuban-American baseball player
Ratko Mladić, former Bosnian Serb military leader
Jimmy Wynn, American baseball player
Dave Cutler, American software engineer
Scatman John, American musician (d. 1999)
George Negus, Australian author, journalist, and television presenter
March 16 – James Soong, Taiwan politician
March 17 – John Wayne Gacy, American serial killer (d. 1994)
March 20 – Earl Bramblett, American mass murderer (d. 2003)
March 21 – Ali Abdullah Saleh, President of Yemen (1990 to 2012)
March 23 – Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian and political figure
March 25 – Aretha Franklin, American singer
March 26 – Erica Jong, American author
John E. Sulston, British chemist; recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Michael York, English actor
Neil Kinnock, British Labour leader
Mike Newell, British film director
Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (d. 1998)
Jerry Sloan, American basketball coach
Daniel Dennett, American philosopher
Scott Wilson, American actor
Kenichi Ogata, Japanese voice actor
March 30 – Ruben Kun, Nauruan politician and former President of Nauru
April 1 – Samuel R. Delany, American science fiction author
Leon Russell, American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist (d. 2016)
Hiroyuki Sakai, Japanese chef
Roshan Seth, British actor
Yury Yarov, Russian politician and a former deputy prime minister
April 3 – Marsha Mason, American actress
Pascal Couchepin, Swiss Federal Councilor
Peter Greenaway, Welsh filmmaker
April 6 – Barry Levinson, American film producer and director
Roger Chapman, British rock singer (Family)
Douglas Trumbull, American film director and special effects artist
April 9 – James Cowan, Australian novelist
Hayedeh, Iranian singer (d. 1990)
Nick Auf der Maur, Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1998)
Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa
Carlos Alberto Reutemann, Argentine racing driver and politician
Valeriy Brumel, Russian athlete (d. 2003)
Valentin Lebedev, Russian cosmonaut
Kenneth Lay, American businessman (d. 2006)
Julie Sommars, American actress
Kenas Aroi, Nauruan politician
Buster Williams, American jazz bassist
April 19 – Frank Elstner, German television presenter
April 20 – Arto Paasilinna, Finnish author
April 21 – Geoffrey Palmer 33rd Prime Minister of New Zealand
April 22 – Rudolf Jaenisch, German-American biologist
Sandra Dee, American actress (d. 2005)
Christian Frémont, French politician (d. 2014)
April 24 – Barbra Streisand, American singer, actress, composer, and film director
Katsuji Adachi, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 2010)
Jon Kyl, American politician; United States Senator (R-AZ)
Claudine Auger, French actress
Michael Kergin, Canadian diplomat
Bobby Rydell, American singer
Ruth Glick, American writer
Jim Keltner, American drummer
May 2 – Jacques Rogge, 8th President of the International Olympic Committee
May 3 – Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (d. 2016)
May 5 – Tammy Wynette, American country singer (d. 1998)
May 8 – Terry Neill, Northern Irish footballer and football manager
May 9 – John Ashcroft, United States Attorney General
May 10 – Youssouf Sambo Bâ, Burkinabé politician
May 12 – Ian Dury, British musician (d. 2000)
May 17 – Taj Mahal, American singer and guitarist
Barbara Parkins, Canadian actress
Rich Garcia, American Major League Baseball umpire
May 23 – Gabriel Liiceanu, Romanian philosopher
Ichirō Ozawa, Japanese politician
Fraser Stoddart, Scottish-born scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Stanley B. Prusiner, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
James Tien, Hong Kong-Taiwanese actor
May 31 – Jahar Dasgupta, Indian painter
June 2 – Eduard Malofeyev, Russian football coach and former international player
June 3 – Curtis Mayfield, American musician (d. 1999)
June 5 – Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union
June 6 – Klaus Bednarz, German journalist and writer (d. 2015)
Gordon Burns, British journalist and TV presenter
Preston Manning, Canadian politician
June 11 – Jeannette Vivian Corbiere Lavell, Canadian-Anishinaabe activist
June 12 – Bert Sakmann, German physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate
June 14 – Abdulsalami Abubakar, President of Nigeria
June 16 – John Rostill, English bassist, musician and composer (The Shadows) (d. 1973)
June 17 – Mohamed El Baradei, Egyptian International Atomic Energy Agency director, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
Roger Ebert, American film critic and television personality (d. 2013)
Thabo Mbeki, South African politician and 12th President of South Africa
Paul McCartney, British musician and composer (The Beatles)
Nick Tate, Australian actor
Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (d. 2004)
June 20 – Brian Wilson, American singer-composer-producer (The Beach Boys)
June 24 – Michele Lee, American actress and singer
James J. Dillon, American professional wrestling manager
Gilberto Gil, Brazilian singer, politician
June 27 – Bruce Johnston, American singer and songwriter
June 28 – Rupert Sheldrake, British biochemist
Geneviève Bujold, French-Canadian actress
Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (d. 2015)
July 2 – Vicente Fox, Mexican businessman, politician and 55th President of Mexico
Floyd Little, American football player
Prince Michael of Kent
July 5 – Hannes Löhr, German footballer (d. 2016)
July 7 – Carmen Duncan, Australian actress
July 9 – Richard Roundtree, American actor
Ronnie James Dio, American singer (d. 2010)
Pyotr Klimuk, Russian cosmonaut
Harrison Ford, American actor
Roger McGuinn, American musician (The Byrds)
July 14 – Javier Solana, Spanish politician and diplomat
July 15 – Mil Máscaras, Mexican professional wrestler
July 16 – Margaret Court, Australian tennis player
July 18 – Adolf Ogi, member of the Swiss Federal Council
July 23 – Myra Hindley, English multiple murderer (d. 2002)
July 24 – Chris Sarandon, American actor
July 26 – Hannelore Elsner, German actress
July 27 – Dennis Ralston, American tennis player
July 28 – Kaari Utrio, Finnish writer
Jerry Garcia, American musician (d. 1995)
Giancarlo Giannini, Italian actor
August 2 – Isabel Allende, Chilean writer
August 4 – David Lange, 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 2005)
August 6 – Evelyn Hamann, German actress (d. 2007)
Tobin Bell, American film and television actor
Garrison Keillor, American writer and radio host; Prairie Home Companion
August 13 – Arthur K. Cebrowski, American admiral (d. 2005)
August 15 – Friede Springer, German publisher and widow of Axel Springer
August 18 – Judith Keppel, first person to win £1,000,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (in the UK)
August 19 – Fred Thompson, American politician and actor (d. 2015)
August 20 – Isaac Hayes, American singer and actor (d. 2008)
August 23 – Susana Vieira, Brazilian actress
August 24 – Hans Peter Korff, German actor
August 25 – Imogen Hassall, English actress (d. 1980)
August 27 – "Captain" Daryl Dragon, American musician (Captain & Tennille)
August 28 – José Eduardo dos Santos, 2nd President of Angola
August 31 – Isao Aoki, Japanese golfer
Michael Hui, Hong Kong film comedian
Al Jardine, American musician (The Beach Boys)
Björn Haugan, Norwegian operatic lyric tenor (d. 2009)
Werner Herzog, German filmmaker
September 7 – Alan Haskvitz, American educator
September 8 – Želimir Žilnik, Serbian film director
September 13 – Hissène Habré, 7th President of Chad
September 14 – Bernard MacLaverty, Irish writer
September 15 – Wen Jiabao, Premier of the People's Republic of China
September 16 – Tadamasa Goto, Japanese yakuza boss
September 17 – Des Lynam, British television host, presenter
Gabriella Ferri, Italian singer
Wolfgang Schäuble, German politician
September 19 – Freda Payne, American singer and actress
September 20 – Rose Francine Rogombé, Gabonese lawyer and politician (d. 2015)
Wu Ma, Chinese film actor, director, producer and writer
Marlena Shaw, American jazz singer
David Stern, American commissioner of the National Basketball Association
September 24 – Ilkka "Danny" Lipsanen, Finnish singer
Madeline Kahn, American actress (d. 1999)
Ian McShane, English actor
Jean-Luc Ponty, French jazz violinist
September 30 – Frankie Lymon, American singer (d. 1968)
October 1 – Günter Wallraff, German investigative journalist
October 2 – Asha Parekh, Indian actress
Earl Hindman, American actor (d. 2003)
Roberto Perfumo, Argentine footballer and sports commentator (d. 2016)
Britt Ekland, Swedish actress
Fred Travalena, American comedian and impressionist (d. 2009)
Ronald Baecker, American computer scientist
Joy Behar, American comedian and television personality
October 8 – Stanley Bates, British actor and screenwriter
October 11 – Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor
October 12 – Daliah Lavi, Israeli actress and singer
Rutanya Alda, Latvian-American actress
Jerry Jones, American football team owner
October 14 – Evelio Javier, Filipino politician, lawyer, and civil servant (d. 1986)
October 19 – Andrew Vachss, American author and attorney
October 20 – Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, German biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
October 21 – Judith Sheindlin, American retired judge turned television personality (Judge Judy)
October 22 – Bobby Fuller, American rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist (d. 1966)
October 23 – Michael Crichton, American author (d. 2008)
October 24 – Frank Delaney, Irish-born novelist, journalist and broadcaster (d. 2017)
Bob Hoskins, British actor (d. 2014)
Eili Sild, Estonian actress
October 29 – Bob Ross, American painter and television presenter (d. 1995)
October 31 – David Ogden Stiers, American actor and voice-over artist
Larry Flynt, American publisher (Hustler)
Ralph Klein, Canadian politician (d. 2013)
Marcia Wallace, American actress and comedian (d. 2013)
Shere Hite, American-born German sexologist
Stefanie Powers, American actress
November 5 – Pierangelo Bertoli, Italian singer-songwriter (d. 2002)
November 6 – Jean Shrimpton, English model and actress
November 7 – Tom Peters, American writer
Angel Cordero, Jr., Puerto Rican jockey
Fernando Sorrentino, Argentine writer
Robert F. Engle, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate
Hans-Rudolf Merz, Swiss federal councillor
November 15 – Daniel Barenboim, Argentine-born pianist and conductor
November 16 – Joanna Pettet, British-born Canadian actress
Derek Clayton, Australian long-distance runner
Bob Gaudio, American musician
Kang Kek Iew, Cambodian politician and criminal
István Rosztóczy, Hungarian microbiologist (d. 1993)
Martin Scorsese, American film director
Linda Evans, American soap actress
Susan Sullivan, American soap actress
November 20 – Joe Biden, American politician, 47th Vice President of the United States and longtime US Senator (D-De.)
Francis K. Butagira, Ugandan ambassador
Dick Stockton, American sports announcer
November 24 – Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian and singer
November 25 – Rosa von Praunheim, German film director, author and painter
November 26 – Khalil Kalfat, Egyptian intellectual and writer
Manolo Blahnik, Spanish shoe designer
Jimi Hendrix, American guitarist (d. 1970)
November 28 – Paul Warfield, American football player
November 29 – Philippe Huttenlocher, Swiss baritone
November 30 – André Brahic, French astrophysicist (d. 2016)
December 3 – Alice Schwarzer, German feminist, founder and publisher of the German feminist journal EMMA
December 4 – Gemma Jones, British actress
December 6 – Peter Handke, Austrian novelist
Reginald Lewis, American Businessman (d. 1993)
Peter Tomarken, American game-show host (d. 2006)
December 9 – Dick Butkus, American football player
December 12 – Peter Sarstedt, British musician (d. 2017
Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian army general and 15th President of Nigeria
Paul Butterfield, American musician (d. 1987)
December 20 – Bob Hayes, American athlete (d. 2002)
Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, 6th President of the People's Republic of China
Carla Thomas, American singer
Charmian Carr, American actress (d. 2016)
Thomas Menino, 53rd Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2014)
December 29 – Rajesh Khanna, Indian actor (d. 2012)
Betty Aberlin, American actress
Allan Gotthelf, American philosopher (d. 2013)
Michael Nesmith, American singer-songwriter, performer
Janko Prunk, Slovenian historian
Probable date – Muammar Gaddafi, leader of Libya (d. 2011)
Mel Sheppard, American athlete (b. 1883)
Otis Skinner, American stage and film actor (b. 1858)
January 6 – Henri de Baillet-Latour, 3rd President of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1876)
January 9 – Heber Doust Curtis, American astronomer (b. 1872)
January 14 – Porfirio Barba-Jacob, Colombian poet and writer (b. 1883)
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, second youngest son of Queen Victoria (b. 1850)
Carole Lombard, American actress (air crash) (b. 1908)
January 18 – James P. Parker, United States Navy commodore (b. 1855)
January 22 – Walter Sickert, English Impressionist painter (b. 1860)
January 23 – Nazareno Strampelli, talian agronomist and plant breeder (b. 1866)
January 26 – Felix Hausdorff, German mathematician (suicide) (b. 1868)
February 8 – Fritz Todt, Nazi German engineer (b. 1891)
February 9 – Lauri Kristian Relander, 2nd President of Finland (b. 1883)
February 11 – Ugo Pasquale Mifsud, 3rd Prime Minister of Malta (b. 1889)
February 12 – Grant Wood, American painter (b. 1891)
February 13 – Epitácio Pessoa, former president of Brazil (b. 1865)
February 14 – Mirosław Ferić, Polish pilot of the No. 303 Squadron in Northolt (b. 1915)
February 19 – Frank Abbandando, American gangster (executed) (b. 1910)
February 20 – Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, ruler of Bahrain (b. 1872)
February 22 – Stefan Zweig, Austrian writer (suicide with wife) (b. 1881)
February 28 – Karel Doorman, Dutch admiral (killed in action) (b. 1889)
George S. Rentz, United States Navy Chaplain and Navy Cross winner (b. 1882)
Cornelius Vanderbilt III, American military officer, inventor, and engineer (b. 1873)
March 3 – Prince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta, Italian nobleman and military officer, Viceroy of Italian East Africa (b. 1898)
March 7 – Pierre Semard, French Communist leader (executed) (b. 1887)
March 8 – José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban chess player (b. 1888)
Robert Bosch German industrialist, engineer and inventor (b. 1861)
William Henry Bragg, British physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)
Enric Morera i Viura, Spanish composer (b. 1865)
March 14 – René Bull, British illustrator and photographer (b. 1872)
March 21 – J. S. Woodsworth, Canadian politician (b. 1874)
March 23 – Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, 20th President of Argentina (b. 1868)
John W. Wilcox, Jr., American admiral (lost overboard) (b. 1882)
Julio González, Spanish sculptor and painter (b. 1876)
Robert Musil, Austrian-born novelist (b. 1880)
Joshua Pim, Irish tennis player (b. 1869)
April 16 – Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, granddaughter of Queen Victoria (b. 1878)
April 17 – Jean Baptiste Perrin, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)
April 18 – Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American heiress, socialite and sculptor (b. 1875)
Deenanath Mangeshkar, Indian singer and composer (b. 1900)
Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian writer (b. 1874)
April 27 – Arthur L. Bristol, American admiral (b. 1886)
May 3 – Thorvald Stauning, 2-Time Prime Minister of Denmark (b. 1873)
José Abad Santos, Filipino chief justice of the Supreme Court (b. 1886)
Felix Weingartner, Yugoslavian conductor (b. 1863)
May 9 – Graham McNamee, American radio announcer (b. 1888)
May 10 – Joe Weber, American vaudevillian (b. 1867)
May 14 – Frank Churchill, American composer (b. 1901)
May 16 – Bronisław Malinowski, Polish anthropologist (b. 1884)
May 19 – A. E. Waite, British occultist (b. 1857)
May 27 – Chen Duxiu, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (b. 1879)
John Barrymore, American actor (b. 1882)
Akiko Yosano, Japanese author, poet (b. 1878)
Lofton R. Henderson, United States Marine Corps aviator and commanding officer of Marine Scout Bomber Squadron 241 (VMSB-241); killed in action at the Battle of Midway (b. 1903)
Reinhard Heydrich, headed the Nazi Reich Main Security Office and was Reich governor of Bohemia and Moravia (b. 1904)
John C. Waldron, United States Navy aviator and commander of Torpedo Squadron 8, killed in action at the Battle of Midway (b. 1900)
Tamon Yamaguchi, Japanese admiral, killed in action at the Battle of Midway (b. 1892)
June 5 – Virginia Lee Corbin, American actress (b. 1910)
June 7 – Alan Blumlein, English electronics engineer (b. 1903)
June 19 – Frank Irons, American Olympic athlete (b. 1886)
June 25 – Zénon Bernard, Luxembourgish communist politician (b. 1893)
June 26 – Gene Stack, first American major league baseball player to be drafted during World War II as well as the first to die in service (b. 1920)
June 30 – William Henry Jackson, American photographer (b. 1843)
July 1 – Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich, Irish-language writer (b. 1857)
Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, French general (b. 1856)
Refik Saydam, 4th Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1881)
July 15 – Wenceslao Vinzons, Filipino politician and resistance leader (bayoneted to death) (b. 1910)
July 18 – George Sutherland, English-born American Supreme Court Justice (b. 1862)
July 23 – Adam Czerniaków, Polish engineer and senator (suicide) (b. 1880)
July 24 – Roberto María Ortiz, 24th President of Argentina (b. 1886)
July 26 – Roberto Arlt, Argentine writer (b. 1900)
July 28 – Flinders Petrie, English Egyptologist (b. 1853)
July 29 – Louis Borno, 28th President of Haiti (b. 1865)
July 30 – Jimmy Blanton, American bassist (b. 1918)
James Cruze, American actor and director (b. 1884)
Richard Willstätter, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1872)
August 9 – Edith Stein, German philosopher and Catholic saint (assassinated) (b. 1891)
August 12 – Phillips Holmes, American actor (b. 1907)
August 21 – Kiyonao Ichiki, Japanese army officer (killed in action) (b. 1892)
August 22 – Michel Fokine, Russian choreographer and dancer (b. 1880)
August 25 – Prince George, Duke of Kent, fourth eldest son of George V (b. 1902)
August 29 – Charles Urban, film producer (b. 1867)
September 14 – Ezra Seymour Gosney, American philanthropist and eugenicist (b. 1855)
September 30 – Hans-Joachim Marseille, German World War II fighter ace (b. 1919)
October 1 – Ants Piip, 7th Prime Minister and 1st State Elder of Estonia (b. 1884)
October 6 – Siegmund Glücksmann, German-Jewish politician (b. 1884)
October 12 – Aritomo Gotō, Japanese admiral (killed in action) (b. 1888)
October 15 – Dame Marie Tempest, British actress (b. 1864)
October 20 – May Robson, Australian actress (b. 1858)
October 23 – Ralph Rainger, American composer and songwriter (b. 1901)
October 24 – James C. Morton, American character actor (b. 1884)
November 1 – Hugo Distler, German composer (b. 1908)
November 5 – George M. Cohan, American songwriter and entertainer (b. 1878)
November 9 – Edna May Oliver, American actress (b. 1883)
November 12 – Laura Hope Crews, American actress (b. 1879)
Daniel J. Callaghan, American admiral and Medal of Honor recipient (killed in action) (b. 1890)
Norman Scott, American admiral and Medal of Honor recipient (killed in action) (b. 1889)
November 16 – Joseph Schmidt, Polish tenor (b. 1904)
November 19 – Bruno Schulz, Polish writer and painter (shot) (b. 1892)
November 21 – Count Leopold Berchtold, Austro-Hungarian foreign minister (b. 1863)
Tomitarō Horii, Japanese general (b. 1890)
Hernando Siles Reyes, 31st President of Bolivia (b. 1882)
Guido Masiero, Italian World War I flying ace and aviation pioneer (b. 1895)
Francesco Agello, Italian aviator (b. 1902)
Buck Jones, American actor (b. 1891)
Anthony M. Rud, American writer (b. 1893)
December 6 – Amos Rusie, American baseball player and MLB Hall of Famer (b. 1871)
December 7 – Orland Steen Loomis, Governor-elect of Wisconsin (b. 1893)
December 12 – Helen Westley, American stage and film character actress (b. 1875)
December 21 – Franz Boas, German anthropologist (b. 1858)
December 24 – François Darlan, French admiral and politician and 122nd Prime Minister of France (assassinated) (b. 1881)
December 27 – William G. Morgan, inventor of volleyball (b. 1870)
December 30 – Nevile Henderson, British diplomat (b. 1882)