Today in World War II History—September 23, 1942
80 Years Ago—Sept. 23, 1942: Brig. Gen. James Doolittle is named the new commander of the US Twelfth Air Force, which will go to North Africa.
US Marines launch an offensive on the Lunga perimeter on Guadalcanal to drive Japanese out of range of Henderson Field.
René Blum, founder of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and brother of former French prime minister Léon Blum, is deported to Auschwitz, where he will be killed, age 64.