What Happened In 1942?
42 Trivia Questions and Answers for 1942 History
1. What was Muhammed Ali’s name at birth, on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky?
Cassius Clay (Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., died June 3, 2016)
2. How many people lived in the United States in 1942?
The population was an estimated 134,859,553 people.
3. This 1942 film was based on an unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick’s. Name that film.
4. Who won the Stanley Cup in 1942?
In 1942, The Toronto Maple Leafs won over the Detroit Red Wings (4 games to 3)
5. What was the Biggest Number One Song of 1942?
White Christmas by Bing Crosby
6. What was the Biggest Song of 1942 that was NOT White Christmas?
Moonlight Cocktail by Glenn Miller
7. Over 1,400 AA shells are fired at an unidentified object, or objects, in the skies over Los Angeles overnight on February 25, 1942. It may have been nothing at all. What was this event (or non-event) called?
The Battle of Los Angeles.
8. Who was President of the United States in 1942?
Franklin D. Roosevelt (March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945)
9. To the nearest dime, what was the average movie theater ticket price in 1942?
10. 1942 Catchphrase: Who said “Here’s looking at you, kid”?
Rick Blaine on Casablanca
11. What was the highest-grossing film of 1942?
12. The sports-drama film The Pride of the Yankees, starring Gary Cooper, was about what baseball legend?
13. Born in 1942, this singer/songwriter co-wrote hits like Touch of Grey, Alabama Getaway and Uncle John’s Band. Name that rock star.
Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995)
14. What was the Bestselling Fiction Book in 1942?
The Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel
15. How much did a Loaf of Bread cost in 1942?
16. How much did a Gallon of Milk cost 1942?
17. Comic character Archie Andrews first appeared in Pep Comics, and he had a very old car (jalopy). What type of car did Archie drive in 1942?
He owned a 1916 Ford Model T jalopy called “Betsy”. Some later comics said it was a Ford Model A.
18. This “Road to…” movie, starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour involved going into the African continent. What is the name of this 1942 film?
Road to Morocco
19. This hydroelectric power dam began operating in Washington state, 1942…
The Grand Coulee Dam
20. In 1942, what was the average life expectancy in the United States?
Men – 64.7 years, Women – 67.9 years.
21. This 1942 film introduced the classic song White Christmas.
Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.
22. Based on a 1923 book by Austrian author and hunter Felix Salten, the adaptation was a big hit for Disney Studios. Name that film.
23. After an Allied victory, who said “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”?
24. The book series for children called Little Golden Books, includes the best-selling hardcover book for children of all time, with over 15 million copies sold. Name that children’s book.
The Poky Little Puppy, written by Janette Sebring Lowrey and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren.
25. Launched at Philadelphia, this was the only US battleship providing gunfire support during the Vietnam War.
The USS New Jersey (BB-62)
26. Founded in 1942, what was the women’s branch of the United States Navy Reserve better known as? It is an acronym.
WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service)
27. How old was movie star Clark Gable entered an Army recruiting station in Los Angeles and enlisted as a private?
41 years old. He spent two years as an aerial cameraman and bomber gunner in Europe during World War II.
28. How much did a gallon of gas cost in 1942?
$0.20 per gallon
29. This comic book villain was once an upstanding District Attorney, Harvey Dent. He became an enemy of Batman in Detective Comics number 66. Who is this coin-flipping bad guy?
30. Although later a long-running comic strip by Walt Kelly, this character debuted in Animal Comics issue #1
Pogo the Possum
31. Who won the 1942 World Series?
In 1942, The St. Louis Cardinals won, beating the New York Yankees (4 games to 1)
32. Yankee Doodle Dandy is an American biographical musical film about who? He known as “The Man Who Owned Broadway”
George M. Cohen
33. Born in 1942, this Rolling Stone member was also a member of the ’27 Club’ – who was he?
Brian Jones ( February 28, 1942 – July 3, 1969). The 27 club is any celebrity who died at the age of 27.
34. We knew him as Mighty Mouse when he was there to save the day in 1944. But what was his name when he first appeared in 1942’s Mouse of Tomorrow?
35. On her 13th birthday, June 12, 1942. This young woman began writing in her diary. Who was she?
36. The German A-4 rocket was better known as what?
37. Who was the Time Magazine Man of the Year in 1942?
38. Which celebrity was NOT born in 1942: Peter Tork, Aretha Franklin, Roger Daltrey, Leon Russel, or Stephen Hawking?
Roger Daltrey (born March 1, 1944)
39. How much did a dozen eggs cost in 1942?
40. What was the name for the research and development undertaking during World War II that produced the first nuclear weapons for the United States?
The Manhattan Project
41. This Hollywood star was granted a US patent (#2,292,387) for a frequency-hopping system for radio-controlled torpedoes. It’s also the basis for Wi-Fi. Name that actress.
42. This American broadcast has been going on since 1942. Some people consider it American propaganda. What is it?
Voice of America (VOA)
Trivia Team Bonus Questions:
1. In what language was the first Voice of America broadcast?
2. What was the name of the magazine produced exclusively for members serving in the US military through World War II?
Yank, the Army Weekly
3. What Horse won the Kentucky Derby in 1942?
4. This author wrote a book released in 1942 about a series of letters to a nephew, named Wormwood. Name the author and book.
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
5. In Boston, Massachusettes, this was the deadliest nightclub fire in history, claiming a total of 492 lives. What was the name of that fire?
The Cocoanut Grove Fire
6. Who was the Pope in 1942?
Pope Pius XII, March 2, 1939 – October 9, 1958
7. The United States Coast Guard Women’s Reserve is known as the SPARS. S.P.A.R.S. What does that acronym stand for?
“Semper Paratus, Always Ready!”
8. This Hollywood star died in a plane crash while returning from a war bond tour. She was Clark Gable’s wife. Who was she?
Carol Lombard (October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942)
9. Who was the American Vice-President in 1942?
Henry A. Wallace (January 20, 1941 – January 20, 1945)
10. Who were the 1942 NFL Champions?