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1941

Sunday 7th December: During the Pearl Harbor attack Rafe and Danny are flying P-40's "Warhawks" and manage to shoot 5 Japanese aircraft down. (Pearl Harbor - Tora! Tora! Tora!)

Tuesday 9th December: The cast and crew of "Devil on the Canvas", directed by Victor Sjoderberg and produced by Capitol Pictures, films scene 12. Later that day, playwright Barton Fink watches the dailies hoping for inspiration for his own screenplay. (Hollywood, California - Barton Fink)

Wednesday 10th December: Sea Tiger receives orders to attack enemy shipping, following declaration of war resulting from attack against Pearl Harbor. (Operation Petticoat)

Saturday 13th December: 'Wild' Bill Kelso lands an American fighter plane. (Los Angeles, CA - 1941)

Tuesday 16th December: 150 rolls of toilet paper refused to USS Sea Tiger. (Operation Petticoat)

Tuesday 23rd December: U-Boat 96 survives the Strait of Gibraltar and heads to La Rochelle. (Somwhere in the Atlantic Ocean - Das Boot)

1942

Young Alvy Singer in trouble for kissing girls in the classroom. (New York - Annie Hall)

A girl who will one day be a teacher at John Adams Middle School is born. (Chicago, Illinois - Bad Teacher)

The film Casablanca is released. (Best in Show)

The battle of the rats take place, a personal battle between the top German sniper and the top Soviet sniper during the battle of Stalingrad. (Stalingrad, Russia - Enemy at the Gates)

Amanda Krueger, as Sister Mary Helena, stops working at Our Lady of Sorrows institution, having been locked in The Tower by accident with 100 insane patients - she leaves alive, badly beaten, raped and impregnated. (Westin Hills - Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare)

Gracie Mansion is selected as the official mayoral residence. (New York City, New York - Ghostbusters 2)

Andrew Hagen born. (The Godfather: Part II)

Tom Riddle opens the Chamber of Secrets. (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

Myrtle Warren (A.K.A Moaning Myrtle) dies. (Hogwarts - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

John Lennon is photographed. (Liverpool, England - Nowhere Boy)

'Bialy Hoos of 42' debuts on Broadway. (The Producers)

Amon Goeth begins his part of the final solution in Krakow. (Schindler's List)

Darlene Madison born. (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story)

Private investigator Theodore "Teddy" Valiant is killed when a Toon drops a piano on him and his brother Eddie, whose arm is broken. (Toontown, Los Angeles, California - Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

Mr Henderson loses his right leg. (Singapore - You Only Live Twice)

Thursday 15th January: Having received a temporary certificate of release from Dachau, Abbe Henri Kremer (aka Prisoner 25639) arrives in his home town for his mother's funeral. He is met at the train station by Untersturmfuhrer Gebhardt, the architect of a plan to exploit Kremer in order to drive a wedge in the Catholic Church. (Luxumbourge - The Ninth Day)

Tuesday 20th January: Wannsee Conference to discuss the details of the "Final Solution" of the "Jewish question" takes place. (Conspiracy)

Monday 2nd February: Vidkun Quisling, a collaborator with the German occupiers of Norway, is established as prime minister of a puppet government. (Hamsun)

Tuesday 10th February: All European and American residents of the Raffles Hotel are informed of the impending Japanese invasion and advised that women and children must be evacuated immediately on the British vessel, Prince Albert. (Singapore - Paradise Road)

March: Red Skull finds the Cosmic Cube. (Tonsberg, Norway - Captain America: The First Avenger)

Wednesday 11th March: Under orders by President Franklin Roosevelt, U.S. General Douglas MacArthur abandons Corregidor and leaves behind 90,000 American and Philippine troops. (Corregidor, Philippines - MacArthur)

Sunday 15th March: The Szpilman family move from their own house to a workhouse. (The Pianist)

Tuesday 17th March: John Wayne Gacy is born. (Chicago, Illinois - Halloween: Resurrection)

April: The forest in which the Bielski brothers hide hundreds of Jewish escapees becomes surrounded by Nazi soldiers. (Belarussia - Defiance)

April: A U.S. submarine crew intercept a disabled German U-boat to capture a top secret Nazi decoding machine. (Atlantic Ocean - U-571)

Thursday 16th April: The US strike back at the Japanese in the Dolittle raid. (Tokoyo - Pearl Harbor)

Wednesday 6th May: US Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright surrenders all US troops in the Philippines to the Japanese. (The Philippines - MacArthur)

Tuesday 26th May: Elizabeth, future wife of Jackson Lamb and future mother of their son Joseph Lamb, is born. (Lillian, Ohio - Super 8)

June: The Battle of Midway. (Midway)

Thursday 4th June: Japanese Admiral Chuichi Nagumo, commander of the fleet that attacked Pearl Harbor, launches a raid on Midway Island with almost the entirety of the Japanese navy . (Midway)

Sunday 7th June: The Battle of Midway ends. (Midway)

Friday 12th June: Anne Frank receives a diary. (Amsterdam - The Diary of Anne Frank)

Thursday 18th June: Paul McCartney is born. (Liverpool, England - Backbeat)

Sunday 21st June: Allies surrender at Tobruk, Libya. (Tobruk, Libya - Tobruk)

Thursday 25th June: Major General Dwight D. Eisenhower takes command of U.S. forces in Europe. (London, England - The Longest Day)

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)

Saturday 19th September: "Picture Post" magazine publishes an additional feature on the Home Guard by Clive Candy. (England - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

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)

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