February 9, 1942
80 Years Ago—Feb. 9, 1942: French ocean liner Normandie, which had been seized by the US and converted to the troopship USS Lafayette, burns at pier in New York, capsizes next day.
US institutes War Savings Time: year-round daylight savings time.
US Department of Justice requires German, Italian, and Japanese nationals to register for Certificates of Identification by Feb. 28.
Britain begins to ration soap (4 oz/month, 8 oz for babies).