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1942

July: 3 youths visit Nantucket Island and come of age. (Summer of '42)

Wednesday 1st July: The Battle of El Alamein begins. (North Africa - The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel)

Thursday 6th August: George Jung is born. (Boston, Massachusetts - Blow)

Thursday 6th August: Edmund, Lucy, and their cousin Eustace go into a painting and aboard the Dawn Treader. (England - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

Friday 7th August: American troups land in force on the beaches of Guadalcanal. For the first few hours, they experience no enemy resistence. Natives indicate that the Japanese troops retreated back into the hills. (Guadalcanal of the Solomon Islands - Guadalcanal Diary)

Sunday 16th August: The Spzilman family are moved to a camp via train; Wladyslaw escapes. (The Pianist)

Monday 17th August: Carlson's Raiders land on Makin Island. (Western Pacific Ocean - The Gallant Hours)

Sunday 20th September: At the height of Nazi power in Europe, Vassilij Zaitzev, a young shepherd boy, arrives from the Urals to fight for Stalin. (Stalingrad - Enemy at the Gates)

October: Hitler interviews candidates for the post of his new (and last) secretary - Traudl Junge gets the job. (Berlin - Downfall)

Thursday 8th October: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders POWs of the Japanese are forced to build the Thai Burma Railway. (Thailand - To End all Wars)

Friday 9th October: Roger Touhy escapes from Stateville Prison. (Illinois - Roger Touhy, Gangster)

Friday 30th October: Short weather cipher captured from U-559 by HMS Petard. (U-571)

Thursday 26th November: Casablanca is released. (New York City, New York - I Love You, Beth Cooper)

Wednesday 2nd December: Fermi produces the first nuclear chain reaction. (University of Chicago - Fat Man and Little Boy)

Wednesday 23rd December: Fielding Mellish's parents start beating him. (Bananas)

1943

Col Nicholson leads the construction of a bridge while a prisoner-of-war. (The Bridge on the River Kwai)

Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist are born. (Brokeback Mountain)

Homer Wells meets Candy Kendall when she decides to have an abortion, and he is inspired to leave the orphanage for a time. (St. Clouds, Maine - The Cider House Rules)

Tracy di Vicenzo (later Tracy Bond) is born. (For Your Eyes Only)

Benjamin Buford 'Bubba' Blue is born to a poor shrimping family. (Bayou Le Batre, Louisiana - Forrest Gump)

2000 British soldiers lie marooned awaiting certain death, unless two giant guns on the island of Navarone can be disarmed. (Kheros, Mediterranean - Guns of Navarone)

Tom Riddle Sr. is murdered by his son Tom Marvolo Riddle. (Little Hangleton, England - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

President Roosevelt forms the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense to fight Hitler. (Hellboy)

Allen Ginsberg is accepted by Columbia University, where he meets Lucien Carr. (New York City, New York - Kill Your Darlings)

The first year of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. (A League Of Their Own)

A wormhole in time is opened to 1984. (The Philadelphia Experiment)

Sidney Poitier arrives from the Bahamas in winter. (New York City - Six Degrees of Separation)

A major volcano erupts from a cornfield. (Mexico - Volcano)

Friday 15th January: The Pentagon is completed. (New York City, New York - X-Men: Days of Future Past)

Saturday 23rd January: The last German plane departs Stalingrad. The remaining evacuating German troops must retreat on foot throught the snow. (Stalingrad, USSR - Stalingrad)

Wednesday 3rd February: The German army at Stalingrad surrenders; Vasili sets out to search Tanya. (Stalingrad, Russia - Enemy at the Gates)

Thursday 11th February: Maruska Kuder (Breslau, Poland - ...And Give My Love to the Swallows)

Thursday 11th February: Dwight D Eisenhower promoted to General. (Ike)

Monday 15th February: Griselda Blanco is born. (Cartagena, Colombia - Cocaine Cowboys II: Hustlin' With The Godmother)

March: Work begins by British POWs on building a bridge over the River Kwai to help run supplies between Bangkok and Rangoon. (Burma - The Bridge on the River Kwai)

Friday 12th March: George S Patton promoted to Lieutenant General. (Patton)

Saturday 13th March: Amon Goeth liquidises the Jewish ghettos and moves Jews to Plaszow concentration camp. (Schindler's List)

Saturday 13th March: Major-General Henning von Tresckow plants a bomb on Hitler's plane - it does not detonate. (Germany - Valkyrie)

Sunday 21st March: On death row, Maruska Kuder (Breslau, Poland - ...And Give My Love to the Swallows)

Friday 26th March: Polish Resistance fighter, Maruska Kuder (Breslau, Poland - ...And Give My Love to the Swallows)

Friday 26th March: Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg promoted to Hitler's inner circle. (Germany - Valkyrie)

Thursday 1st April: Rory Hamill is born. (Ogden Marsh, Iowa - The Crazies)

Monday 19th April: Wladyslaw Szpilman is in his safe apartment near the ghetto, and witnesses a fight in the street. (The Pianist)

Thursday 22nd April: Angus MacMorrow finds an egg which would later hatch into a water horse. (Scotland, UK - The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep)

Wednesday 12th May: The bridge on the River Kwai is due to be finished. (Burma - The Bridge on the River Kwai)

Sunday 16th May: As rebels are shot in the street, Wladyslaw Szpilman's hiding-place is discovered. (The Pianist)

Monday 17th May: The Memphis Belle flies its 25th bombing mission. (Memphis Belle)

Saturday 5th June: Paul Lindstrom born. (Lars and the Real Girl)

Monday 14th June: Steve Rogers attempts to enlist again & is again declared 4F. That evening, he and James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes attend Howard Stark's World Exposition of Tomorrow and Rogers leaves to attempt enlistment again. Dr. Abraham Erskine decides to recruit Rogers as a candidate for the super-soldier experiment. (Captain America: The First Avenger)

Wednesday 16th June: Charlie Chaplin marries Oona O'Neill. (Chaplin)

Thursday 17th June: Harry Stimson phones Harry S Truman and politely asks him not to make inquiries about a defense plant in Pasco, Washington. (Truman)

Monday 21st June: Dr. Abraham Erskine tells Steve Rogers about Johann Schmidt and how he got the Super Soldier Serum. He also tells him to be a good man rather than a perfect soldier. (Captain America: The First Avenger)

Tuesday 22nd June: Super Soldier Serum is injected into Steve Rogers. A HYDRA spy shoots and kills Dr. Abraham Erskine and is stopped by Rogers. (New York City - Captain America: The First Avenger)

Wednesday 23rd June: The New York Examiner headline: "NAZIS IN NEW YORK. MYSTERY MAN SAVES CHILD." (New York City - Captain America: The First Avenger)

Tuesday 29th June: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt writes a letter marked (The Beginning or the End)

Saturday 10th July: The Allies begin their invasion of Axis-controlled Europe with landings on the island of Sicily, off mainland Italy. (Patton)

Monday 26th July: Mick Jagger is born. (Dartford, England - Stoned)

Sunday 1st August: Japanese destroyer rams an American patrol torpedo boat, slicing it in two - other American PT boats in the area assume the crew is dead; 2 crewmen were killed, but 11 survived, including Lt. John F. Kennedy. . (PT-109)

Tuesday 17th August: Patton and his 7th Army arrive in Messina several hours before British Field Marshal Montgomery and his 8th Army. (Sicily - Patton)

October: Members of the 107th Infantry, including Bucky Barnes, are ambushed by Nazis. The Nazis are in turn ambushed by HYDRA, who captures a great number of the unit and takes them to HYDRA's weapons facility in the Austrian Alps. (Azzano, Italy - Captain America: The First Avenger)

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