1920-1947 Timeline

  • Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the Nazi Party

    Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the Nazi Party
  • Benito Mussolini appointed Prime Minister of Italy

    Benito Mussolini appointed Prime Minister of Italy
  • Josef Stalin sole dictator of the Soviet Union (USSR)

    Josef Stalin sole dictator of the Soviet Union (USSR)
  • Japan’s Army seizes Manchuria, China

    Japan’s Army seizes Manchuria, China
  • Hitler is named Chancellor of Germany

    Hitler is named Chancellor of Germany
  • Neutrality Act passed by US Congress

    Neutrality Act passed by US Congress
  • Italian Army invades Ethiopia in Africa

     Italian Army invades Ethiopia in Africa
  • Militarist take control of Japanese Government

    Militarist take control of Japanese Government
  • Hitler sends troops into Rhineland of Germany in violation of the Versailles Treaty

    Hitler sends troops into Rhineland of Germany in violation of the Versailles Treaty
  • Japan’s army pillages Nanjing, China; massacre a quarter of a million people

     Japan’s army pillages Nanjing, China; massacre a quarter of a million people
  • Munich Pact signed giving the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia to Germany

    Munich Pact signed giving the Sudetenland of 	Czechoslovakia to Germany
  • Nazis begin rounding up Jews for labor camps

    Nazis begin rounding up Jews for labor camps
  • Nazi-Soviet Pact signed by Hitler and Stalin

    Nazi-Soviet Pact signed by Hitler and Stalin
  • Sept 1st - Nazis invade Poland; Britain and France declare war on Germany

    Sept 1st - Nazis invade Poland; Britain and France declare war on Germany
  • Nazis invade Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium – take control

    Nazis invade Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, 	Luxembourg and Belgium – take control
  • Germany invades France and forces it to surrender

    Germany invades France and forces it to surrender
  • Battle of Britain – Royal Air Force defeats German Air Force to prevent invasion of their island

    Battle of Britain – Royal Air Force defeats German Air Force to prevent invasion of their island
  • First time Peacetime Draft in US

    First time Peacetime Draft in US
  • Hitler breaks Pact with Stalin’s Russia and invades -USSR now joins England in fighting the Germans

    Hitler breaks Pact with Stalin’s Russia and invades -USSR 	now joins England in fighting the Germans
  • Churchill and FDR issue the Atlantic Charter

    Churchill and FDR issue the Atlantic Charter
  • Japanese invade French Indochina (Viet. Laos, Cambodia)

    Japanese invade French Indochina (Viet. Laos, Cambodia)