Today in World War II History—Jan. 8, 1942 POSTED: Sunday, January 8, 2017 by Sarah Sundin 75 Years Ago—Jan. 8, 1942: US Army Forces in British Isles (USAFBI) established under Maj. Gen. James Chaney. Japanese take Jesselton, capital of British North Borneo. James Landis named to succeed Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia as head of US Office of Civil Defense.