WWII By pax12 May 10, 1939 France Surrenders To Germany The French abandon Paris, declaring it an open city. The city was taken over. May 10, 1939 Batavia Muckdogs Penn League Professional baseball came to Batavia. They won a few games that season. Sep 1, 1939 Invasion of Poland It is the start of World War II. It was taken over in two weeks. Sep 1, 1939 1939 Pittsburgh Pirates 19,444 fans at the game. It was the early Steeler team. Dec 7, 1941 Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the fleet from influencing the war that Japan was planning in Asia. Dec 7, 1941 USS Pittsburgh Sunk. A ship named Pittsburgh sunk Pearl Habor. Period: Dec 7, 1941 to Dec 31, 1945 War Jun 4, 1942 Battle of Midway The most important naval battle of the pacific war. Jun 4, 1942 Arthur V. Ely Killed Born in Pittsburgh March 8 1912 and died in the war. Jul 17, 1942 Battle of Stalingrad It was a major battle of World War II. Alot of people died. Jul 17, 1942 Cornelius Hawkins born Played basetball for the Pittsburgh Rens in his later years. Jun 6, 1944 D-Day The operation was the largest amphibious invasion of all time 160,000 troops landed to fight. Jun 6, 1944 Pittsburgh troops on D-Day Many people from Pittsburgh fought on that day. Aug 19, 1944 Liberation of Paris The fight for Paris. Dec 16, 1944 The Battle of the Bulge Hitler thought that the alliance would fall after the battle. Feb 19, 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima United States fought to get Iwo Jima. Apr 12, 1945 FDR Dies Right before he died he had terrific pain in the back of his head and collapsed. Apr 12, 1945 Truman Becomes President Truman becomes president after Franklin D. Roosevelt died. Apr 30, 1945 Hilter Commits Suicide Adolf Hitler commits suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule and shooting himself in the head. May 8, 1945 VE Day Allies formally accepted the surrender of the forces of Germany. The war in Europe is over. Aug 6, 1945 Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima The bombing killed 90,000 to 166,000 people. Aug 15, 1945 Victory over Japan Day Japan's surrender was made in the afternoon of August 15, 1945. Aug 15, 1945 Atomic Bomb Dropped Nagasaki 60,000–80,000 people died.