... dates when who was where, recordings for which label ...



history - World War II - Holocaust: the systematic deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto begins - battle of Stalingrad

culture - the Grand Coulee Dam is finished on the Columbia River - DDT is first used as a pesticide - John V. Atanasoff with Clifford Berry successfully test the Atanasoff–Berry Computer, the first electronic digital computing device - Composer George Antheil and actress Hedy Lamarr are granted a United States patent for a frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication system intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder to detect - movie Casablanca - Edward Hopper: Nighthawks - Albert Camus: The Stranger (L'Étranger) - Robert Musil: The Man Without Qualities (Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften) - Jean Anouilh: Antigone - Salvador Dalí: The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí - Stefan Zweig (†), Robert Musil (†), Tina Modotti (†)

music - the American Federation of Musicians authorizes a ban on recording ("Petrillo ban") by bands following a dispute over musicians' royalties; many country and popular music singers opt to continue recording without musical backing - Felix Weingartner (†) - Hugo Distler (†) - Josef Schmidt (†) - Alexander von Zemlinsky (†)

first released recordings - Bunk Johnson

released songs - Gene Autry, Bing Crosby: Deep in the Heart of Texas - Bing Crosby: White Christmas - Glen Miller, Andrew Sisters: Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree