World War 2 Events and Local Events Timeline

  • Germany Invades Poland

    Germany Invades Poland
    Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland at the start of World war 2. The invasion ended on October 6, 1939, with Germany and the Soviet Union dividing all of Poland.
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    World War 2 Events and Local Events

  • Nation's Defense Program

    Nation's Defense Program
    Industrial leaders met with public officials to plan mobilization of Pittsburgh district resources for the nations defense program.
  • France Surrenders to Germany

    France Surrenders to Germany
    After Hitler unleashed the blitzkreig invasion in France, they soon surrender and Germany takes over most of France.
  • Peace Demonstration

    Peace Demonstration
    Thousands of people of all faiths joined a peace demonstration as Great Britian declared war on Nazi Germany.
  • Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
    The Japanese launch a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
  • Pittsburgh Men Volunteer for Service

    Pittsburgh Men Volunteer for Service
    More than 1200 Pittsburgh men volunteered for enlistment in the military.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    The most important naval battle of World war 2. It ended on June 7, 1942.
  • Blackout Practice

    Blackout Practice
    First blackout practice took place.
  • The Battle of Stalingrad

    The Battle of Stalingrad
    the Battle of stalingrad was a major battle of World war 2 in which germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union.
  • United Steel Workers Get Raise

    United Steel Workers Get Raise
    Unites Steel Workers wage ploicy comittee accepted a 44 cents a day wage increase.
  • D-Day

    D-Day
    Allies attack the Nazi Germans in France
  • Westinghouse's No- Strike Pledge

    Westinghouse's No- Strike Pledge
    In a mass rally, 20,000 employees of Westinghouse reaffirmed a no- strike pledge for the duration of the war.
  • War Contracts Total Millions

    War Contracts Total Millions
    War contracts completed to date or underway in Pittsburgh district plants totaled $903,398,644.
  • Allies Liberate (Free) Paris

    Allies Liberate (Free) Paris
    Germany surrenders and France regains control of Paris
  • 15-inch Snowfall

    15-inch Snowfall
    Thousands of Monday night shoppers were stranded Downtown by a 15- inch snowfall.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    Germany launched this toward the end of world war 2 through the dense forrests of Belguim
  • Chancellor of Pitt resigns

    Chancellor of Pitt resigns
    The chancellor of Pittsburgh University, John G. Bowman resigns after 15 years.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    A battle in which the United States fought for and captured the city of Iwo Jima. It ended on March 26, 1945.
  • Anniversary of Great Fire

    The city marked its 100th anniversary of its great fire of 1845.
  • FDR Dies, Truman Becomes President

    FDR Dies, Truman Becomes President
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our 32nd president, dies of polio. Harry Truman takes over as president.
  • Pittsburgh Mourns Over Roosevelt

    The city and county governments, businesses, schools, and all other activities are suspended due to President Roosevelt's death.
  • Hitler Commits Suicide

    Hitler Commits Suicide
    Hitler commited sucide in Berlin on April 30, 1945. He killed himself by gunshot anf cyanide poisining.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    The Allies accepted the surrender of the Nazi Germans.
  • Dr. Paul R. Anderson Elected

    Dr. Paul R. Anderson was elected president of Pennsylvania College for Women.
  • Atomic bomb Dropped on Hiroshima

    Atomic bomb Dropped on Hiroshima
    At approximately 8:15 AM the U.S. military dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
  • Atomic Bomb Dropped on Nagasaki

    Atomic Bomb Dropped on Nagasaki
    Truman ordered the U.S military to drop an atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
  • Russian Labor Leaders Visit

    Russian Labor leaders arrived to tour the districts steel mills.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    The day of which the surrender of Japan occured which officially ended World war 2.
  • Japan Surrenders

    The city was jubilant over the surrender of Japan.
  • 7000 Workers Laid Off

    Pittsburgh district industries laid off 7000 workers as the first cancellation of a war contract became effective.