Millennium: 2nd millennium
1942 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1942
Ab urbe condita2695
Armenian calendar1391
Assyrian calendar6692
Bahá'í calendar98–99
Balinese saka calendar1863–1864
Bengali calendar1349
Berber calendar2892
British Regnal yearGeo. 6 – 7 Geo. 6
Buddhist calendar2486
Burmese calendar1304
Byzantine calendar7450–7451
Chinese calendar辛巳(Metal Snake)
4638 or 4578
    — to —
壬午年 (Water Horse)
4639 or 4579
Coptic calendar1658–1659
Discordian calendar3108
Ethiopian calendar1934–1935
Hebrew calendar5702–5703
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1998–1999
 - Shaka Samvat1863–1864
 - Kali Yuga5042–5043
Holocene calendar11942
Igbo calendar942–943
Iranian calendar1320–1321
Islamic calendar1360–1361
Japanese calendarShōwa 17
Javanese calendar1872–1873
Juche calendar31
Julian calendarGregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar4275
Minguo calendarROC 31
Nanakshahi calendar474
Thai solar calendar2485
Tibetan calendar阴金蛇年
(female Iron-Snake)
2068 or 1687 or 915
    — to —
(male Water-Horse)
2069 or 1688 or 916

1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1942nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 942nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 42nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1940s decade.

Along with this, 1942 was when Nazi Germany reached its peak dominance in the Northern European war front, under the command of Adolf Hitler.


Below, the events of World War II have the "WWII" prefix.

Map of Europe at the height of German control in 1942, Britain remains the only country in Western Europe held by Allied forces