WW2 War Diary for Thursday, January 1, 1942:
Central Sector: Russian troops recapture Staritsa (48 km northeast of Rzhev), which has been destroyed by the Germans.
East Indies: Japanese troops land on Labuan Island.
Britain: 58 miners killed in explosion in colliery in Burslem (Staffs.).
USA: Ban on sale of new private passenger cars and trucks, to conserve steel.
USA: UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION SIGNED in Washington: 26 nations pledge themselves not to make separate peace agreement and to commit all their resources in struggle against the Axis.
France: Petain broadcasts a request for relaxation in severity of German occupation policies.