Today in World War II History—Apr. 28, 1942 POSTED: Friday, April 28, 2017 by Sarah Sundin 75 Years Ago—Apr. 28, 1942: US Office of Price Administration freezes prices of 60% of food items and all essential items, including tobacco, medicines, toiletries, and infant food. Britain orders more “austerity” garments and bans lace on clothing. Marquees in New York’s Times Square are blacked out.