See also People that died at the age of 42
- 29-February-2004 : The 76th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, with ''The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'' directed by Peter Jackson, winning a recordrecordtying 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
- 26-March-1990 : The 62nd Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, with ''Driving Miss Daisy'' winning Best Picture.
- 21-April-1986 : Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone's secret vault on ''The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault'', discovering only a bottle of moonshine.
- 16-July-1979 : Iraqi President Hasan al-Bakr resigns and Vice President Saddam Hussein replaces him.
- 07-February-1977 : The Soviet Union launches ''Soyuz 24'' (Viktor Gorbatko, Yuri Glazkov) to dock with the ''Salyut 5'' space station.
- 11-April-1970 : Apollo program: ''Apollo 13'' (Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert) is launched toward the Moon.
- 02-January-1960 : U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D(DMA) announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
- 01-December-1955 : Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white person, and the national civil rights movement begins.
- 21-March-1952 : Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is elected Prime Minister of the Gold Coast.
- 24-August-1943 : WWII: Heinrich Himmler is named Reichminister of the Interior in Germany .