January 1942 in history

January 1942 events chronologically

Jan 1 The Declaration by United Nations is signed by twenty-six nations
Jan 2 World War II: Manila, Philippines is captured by Japanese forces
Jan 2 The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) convicts 33 members of a German spy ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne in the largest espionage case in United States history—the Duquesne Spy Ring
Jan 7 World War II: The siege of the Bataan Peninsula begins
Jan 11 World War II: The Japanese capture Kuala Lumpur
Jan 12 World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the National War Labor Board
Jan 13 Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car

Top 7 most famous people born in January 1942

Jan 1 Alassane Ouattara an Ivoirian politician who has been President of Côte d'Ivoire since 2011. An economist by profession, Ouattara worked for the International Monetary Fund - where he rose to be deputy head - and the Central Bank of West African States , and he was the Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire from November 1990 to December 1993, appointed to that post by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. Ouattara became the President of the Rally of the Republicans , an Ivorian political party, in 1999
Jan 3 László Sólyom a Hungarian political figure, lawyer, and librarian who was President of Hungary from 2005 until 2010. Previously he was president of the Constitutional Court of Hungary from 1990 to 1998
Jan 8 Stephen Hawking an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. Among his significant scientific works have been a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set forth a cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics
Jan 8 Junichiro Koizumi a Japanese politician who was the 87th Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006. He retired from politics when his term in parliament ended in 2009, and was the fifth longest serving prime minister in the history of Japan
Jan 11 Clarence Clemons an American musician and actor. He was reported to be 6'5" tall. From 1972 until his death, he was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing the tenor saxophone
Jan 17 Muhammad Ali an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today widely regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC
Jan 25 Eusébio a Mozambican-born Portuguese football striker. He is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. During his professional career, he scored 749 goals in 745 matches at club level and 41 goals for his national team, a total of 790 goals

Top 7 most famous people died in January 1942

Jan 6 Alexander Belyayev a Soviet Russian writer of science fiction. His works from the 1920s and 1930s made him a highly regarded figure in Russian science fiction. Belyaev's best known books include Professor Dowell's Head, Amphibian Man, Ariel, and The Air Seller
Jan 8 Joseph Franklin Rutherford the second president of the incorporated Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. He played a primary role in the organization and doctrinal development of Jehovah's Witnesses, which emerged from the Bible Student movement established by Charles Taze Russell
Jan 16 Carole Lombard an American film actress. She was particularly noted for her zany, energetic roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. She was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s
Jan 16 Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught and Strathearn a member of the British Royal Family who served as the Governor General of Canada, the 10th since Canadian Confederation.
Jan 17 Walther von Reichenau a German Generalfeldmarschall during World War He issued the notorious Severity Order concerning fighting on the eastern front, which made him a war criminal. He was in charge of forces which helped to commit the massacre of Jews at Babi Yar
Jan 22 Walter Sickert a painter and printmaker who was a member of the Camden Town Group in London. He was an important influence on distinctively British styles of avant-garde art in the 20th century
Jan 26 Felix Hausdorff considered to be one of the founders of modern topology and who contributed significantly to set theory, descriptive set theory, measure theory, function theory, and functional analysis.