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January 1, 1942 Georgia defeats TCU 40-26 in the Orange Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 3, 1942 The United States Maritime Commission seizes a shipyard in Savannah when their contractor fell behind schedule on completing the facility.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
January 21, 1942 Singer/songwriter Scott "Mac" Davis born, Lubbock, Texas
  'Mac' Davis
January 28, 1942 53 days after Pearl Harbor the Eighth Air Force is activated, headquartered at the National Armory on Bull Street in Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Eighth Air Force
February 27, 1942 Martha Berry dies, Atlanta, Georgia
  Martha Berry
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
March 3, 1942 Cedartown, Georgia receives 19.3 inches of snow, setting the Georgia record for the most snow in a day.
March 10, 1942 Camp Brumby, a CCC camp at Kennesaw Mountain, is closed
  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
March 30, 1942 Ground is broken for the new Bell Bomber factory in Marietta
  Marietta, GA
April 3, 1942 Billy Joe Royal born
  Billy Joe Royal
April 8, 1942 As part of "Operation Drumbeat," the SS (Steamship) Oklahoma is attacked and sunk by German U-boat 123 within site of St. Simons Island, Georgia (Glynn County). After closing to a distance of 400 meters, Kapitanleutnant Reinhard Hardegan gave the order to fire on the merchant marine vessel. The U-boat fired a single torpedo at the unarmed oil tanker, which suffered a direct hit to its engine room. The tanker went down in minutes and 19 men of the 38 man merchant marine crew died. Hardegan then found the Esso Baton Rouge (3 dead out of a 41 man crew). Among the boats giving aid and assistance was the yacht of Coca-Cola magnate Charles Candler.
  Glynn County, Georgia
April 9, 1942 Heading south off the coast of Georgia, U-boat 123 sinks the Esparta off the coast of Cumberland Island, Georgia (Camden County).
April 11, 1942 U-boat 123 sinks the Gulfamerica off the Florida coast near Jacksonville
May 5, 1942 Clarence Cooper is born, Decatur, Georgia
  Clarence Cooper
May 9, 1942 Singer Tommy Roe born, Atlanta, Georgia
  Tommy Roe
July 2, 1942 Eighth Army Air Corps flies the first European mission of the USAAC (United States Army Air Corps). It is a low-level bombing run against a series of small air bases in the Netherlands. For some reason this date is frequently misquoted as July 4 and the location moved to the marshalling area at Rouen.
  Eighth Air Force
August 17, 1942 Eighth Army Air Corps launched a mission against German marshalling areas in the Rouen, France railyard using American made B-17s. They are over the target for 7 minutes
  Eighth Air Force
August 24, 1942 U. S. Senator Max Cleland born, Atlanta, Georgia
  Max Cleland
September 21, 1942 Dahlonega is featured in a 7-page Life article
  Lumpkin County, Georgia
November 28, 1942 Announcement of Frank Sinkwich as winner of the Heisman Trophy. A successful halfback for the University of Georgia Athens football team, Sinkwich would become a Detroit Lion the following year.
  Frank Sinkwich
December 1, 1942 Federally mandated gas rationing goes into effect. Designating users as A, B, or C, the government determined the number of gallons of gas each family on the homefront was allowed based on occupation.
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