1942 Hit Parade

Claire McCardell’s “popover” dress won the Harper’s Bazaar competition for the most attractive and practical housedress.

Popular films included:
Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid
    Woman of the Year starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
Yankee Doodle Dandy starring James Cagney.
    In Which We Serve written by Noel Coward
The Magnificent Ambersons directed by Orson Wells
Mrs. Miniver starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon, directed by William Wyler
This Gun For Hire starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake

General Foods began supplying instant coffee to the U.S. Army.

Fiction included:  Louis Bromfield’s Until the Daybreak, James Gould Cozzens’s  The Just and the Unjust, William Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses, Rachel Field’s And Now Tomorrow, Nancy Hale’s The Prodigal Woman, Zora Neale Hurston’s Dust Tracks on the Road, John Steinbeck’s The Moon Is Down, and Eudora Welty’s The Robber Bridegroom.

Popular songs included:  “All I Need Is You” by Dinah Shore, “Back to Donegal” by Bing Crosby, “Daybreak” by Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra, “Der Fuehrer’s Face” by Spike Jones and his Band, “I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City” by Johnny Mercer, “The Lamplighter’s Serenade” by Glenn Miller with Ray Eberly, “Lonely River” by Gene Autry, “Lover Man” by Billie Holiday, “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” by Kay Kyser and his Orchestra, “Strip Polka” by the Andrews Sisters, “Take Me” by Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra, and “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby.

The Congress of Racial equality was founded by James Farmer, Bayard Rustin, and A.J. Muste.

The Committee on Women in World Affairs was founded.

Chemist Louis F. Fieser of Harvard University invented napalm.

January 2:  The Office of Civilian Supply announced that production of all civilian trucks and car productions would cease during the duration of the war.

February 19:  President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which ordered the removal of all Japanese-Americans on the West Coast to internment camps during the war.

February 8:  Mark Rothko held his first solo exhibition at the Artists’ Gallery in New York.

March 6:  The Artists in Exile exhibit premiered at the Pierre Matisee Gallery in Manhattan.

April 9:  Igor Stravinsky’s Circus Polka debuted with the Ringling Brothers circus with fifty elephants and fifty showgirls choreographed by George Balenchine.

December 25:  The Motion Picture Herald poll indicated that Abbott and Costello were the leading box office attraction of 1942.