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    Events
    • January 1 - World War II: The word "United Nations" is first officially used to describe the Allied pact.
    • January 2 - World War II: Manila is captured by Japanese forces.
    • January 6 - Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to have a flight go around the world.
    • January 7 - World War II: Siege of the Bataan Peninsula begins
    • January 11 - Japan declares war on the Netherlands and invades the Netherlands East Indies.
    • January 11 - The Japanese capture Kuala Lumpur.
    • January 12 - President Franklin Roosevelt creates the National War Labor Board.
    • January 13 - Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car
    • January 19 - World War II: Japanese forces invade Burma.
    • January 20 - World War II: Nazis at the Wannsee conference in Berlin decide that the "final solution to the Jewish problem" is relocation.
    • January 25 - Thailand declares war on the United States and United Kingdom
    • January 26 - World War II: The first American forces arrive in Europe landing in Northern Ireland.
    • February 9 - World War II: Top United States military leaders hold their first formal meeting to discus American military strategy in the war.
    • February 9 - Daylight-saving time goes into effect in the United States.
    • February 15 - World War II: Singapore surrenders to Japanese forces.
    • February 19 - World War II: About 150 Japanese warplanes attack Darwin, Australia
    • February 19 - World War II: PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt signs an executive order allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese-Americans to Japanese internment camps.
    • February 20 - Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America's first World War II flying ace
    • February 22 - World War II: PresidentFranklin Delano Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defense of the nation collapses.
    • February 24 - Propaganda: The Voice of America begins broadcasting.
    • February 27 - World War II: the USS Langley, the first United States aircraft carrier, is sunk by Japanese warplanes.
    • March 8 - World War II: The Dutch surrender to Japanese forces on Java.
    • March 8 - World War II: Japan captures Rangoon, Burma.
    • March 11 - World War II: General Douglas MacArthur abandons Corregidor
    • March 19 - The Thoroughbred Racing Association is established in Chicago, Illinois.
    • March 23 - World War II: In the Indian Ocean, Japanese forces capture the Anadaman Islands.
    • March 26 - World War II: In Poland, Auschwitz receives its first female prisoners.
    • March 28 - World War II: In occupied France, United Kingdom naval forces raid the German-occupied port of St. Nazaire.
    • April 3 - World War II: Japanese forces begin an all-out assault on the United States and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula. Bataan fell on April 9 and the Bataan Death March began.
    • June 4-7 - The Battle of Midway
    • June 9 - The US Philippine Department surrenders to Japan
    • July 1 - July 27 the First Battle of El Alamein
    • October 3 - the first V-2 rocket (A4 Rocket) is launched into space in Peenemünde, Germany.
    • October 23 - November 4 the Second Battle of El Alamein
    • DDT first used as a pesticide
    Art, Culture & Fashion Births
    • January 3 - John Thaw, actor (+ 2002)
    • January 5 - Charlie Rose, talk show host
    • January 7 - Paul Revere, singer and musician
    • January 8 - Stephen Hawking, British theoretical physicist.
    • January 8 - Yvette Mimieux, actress
    • January 8 - George Passmore, artist, half of Gilbert and George
    • January 11 - Clarence Clemens, musician (E Street Band)
    • January 13 - Richard Moll, actor
    • January 14 - Stig Engström, actor
    • January 15 - Charo, singer, actress
    • January 17 - Muhammad Ali, boxer
    • January 17 - Ulf Hoelscher, violinist
    • January 19 - Michael Crawford, singer, actor
    • January 31 - Derek Jarman, director, writer (+ 1994)
    • February 1 - Terry Jones, actor, writer ("Monty Python's Flying Circus")
    • February 2 - Graham Nash, musician
    • February 5 - Roger Staubach, Football Hall of Famer
    • February 9 - Carole King, singer, composer
    • February 11 - Archie Andrews, (comic book character).
    • February 11 - Leon Haywood, vocalist/keyboardist.
    • February 11 - Tony Colton, rock producer.
    • February 11 - Otis Clay, gospel/R&B-singer.
    • February 12 - Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel
    • February 13 - Peter Tork, musician/actor.
    • February 15 - Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea
    • February 20 - Phil Esposito, ice hockey player
    • February 21 - Margarethe von Trotta, actor, film director, writer
    • February 24 - John Neumeier, choreographer
    • February 24 - Joseph Lieberman, politician, candidate for Vice President of the United States
    • February 28 - Brian Jones, musician ("The Rolling Stones") (+ 1969)
    • February 28 - Joe South, musician
    • March 2 - John Irving, author
    • March 2 - Lou Reed, singer and guitarist
    • March 5 - Felipe González Márquez, politician (+ 1942)
    • March 7 - Tammy Faye Bakker, evangelist
    • March 7 - Michael Eisner, President of The Walt Disney Company
    • March 13 - Dave Cutler, software engineer
    • March 17 - John Wayne Gacy, serial killer
    • March 25 - Aretha Franklin, singer
    • March 26 - Erica Jong, author
    • March 27 - Michael York, actor
    • March 29 - Stingray Davis, musician (P-Funk)
    • April 3 - Marsha Mason, actress
    • April 3 - Wayne Newton, singer
    • April 5 - Peter Greenaway, painter
    • April 6 - Barry Levinson, producer, director
    • May 22 - Theodore Kaczynski, neo-luddite terrorist
    • July 13 - Harrison Ford, Actor/producer
    • July 17 - Tim Brooke-Taylor, radio and TV comedian
    • July 23 - Myra Hindley, Moors murderess
    • August 7 - Garrison Keillor, radio host
    • September 10 - Stephen Jay Gould, American biologist
    • September 30 - Frankie Lymon, American singer
    • November 27 - Jimi Hendrix, rock musician
    • December 6 - Peter Handke, Austrian novelist
    • December 9 - Dick Butkus, Chicago Bears linebacker
    • Unknown date - Moammar Al Qadhafi
    Deaths
    • January 16 - Carole Lombard, actress
    • April 15 - Robert Musil, Austrian novelist (The Man Without Qualities)
    • Ernest Brastins, organizer of Dievturiba
    Nobel Prizes
    • Physics - not awarded
    • Chemistry - not awarded
    • Medicine - not awarded
    • Literature - not awarded

    • Peace - not awarded 

     

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