WWII Timeline

  • Federal Court issued an injunction

    Federal Court issued an injunction
    Federal Court issued an injunction, sought by the Pittsburgh Railways Company, to restrain the city from enforcing a one-way traffic plan on Forbes and Fifth Avenue during closing of Bigelow Boulevard.
  • State Supreme Court

    State Supreme Court
    State Supreme Court upheld a verdict awarding $800,000 to Pennsylvania Railroad for damages against the city as the result of 1920 Bigelow Boulevard landslide.
  • Germany Invades Poland

    Germany Invades Poland
    The battle war know as the Defensive War.
    It ended on October 6, 1949.
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    WWII Timespan

  • Buhl Planetarium

    Buhl Planetarium
    Buhl Planetarium, built at a cost of $1,100,000 and containing a giant projector, was dedicated; 400 scientists were guests at the first sky show.
  • First movie premiere

    First movie premiere
    Pittsburgh had its first movie "world premiere" in Hollywood style, with the showing of Allegheny 'Uprising at Loew's Penn; among guests was Claire Trevor, one of the stars of the film.
  • Moses Plan

    Moses Plan
    City and county officials announced that the $38,000,000 "Moses Plan" would be put into motion in 1940 with reconstruction of Duquesne Way, at a cost of $2,500,000, as the first project. Next on the list were a $1,400,000 Liberty Tubes grade separation plaza and a $1,500,-000 extension of Saw Mill Run Boulevard to West End.
  • Musical Americana

    Musical Americana
    "Musical Americana" the national radio program of Westinghouse, was instituted by KDKA.
  • France surrenders to Germany

    France surrenders to Germany
    The French surrendered for the French
    government called on the Germans to sign
    an armistice that will end the fighting
    Therefore the French had no choose to
    surrender or many soldiers would have died.
  • The Mesta Machine Company

    The Mesta Machine Company
    The Mesta Machine Company received an $8,390,000 contract for "artillery material," largest national defense order placed in the Pittsburgh district to this date.
  • Dream Highway

    Dream Highway
    The nation's longest toll expressway, the 160-mile, $70,000,000 Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg "dream highway," was opened, and 1560 motorists paid tolls to use it the first day. Governor James ordered the speed limit fixed at 50 miles per hour.
  • Nation's First Peacetime Draft

    Nation's First Peacetime Draft
    A total of 188,876 Allegheny County men registered for the nation's first peacetime draft; of that number, 89,069 were city residents.
  • Howard Heinz Dies

    Howard Heinz Dies
    Howard Heinz, president of the H. J. Heinz Company, and son of its founder, died at the age of 63 in a Philadelphia hospital.
  • Japanese attck on Pearl Harbor

    Japanese attck on Pearl Harbor
    The attack was known as Operation Z.
    After the attack the U.S. declared war on
    Japan, starting WWII.
  • Battle of the Midway

    Battle of the Midway
    The Japanese started the attack on the
    morning of June 4, 1942. Most important
    battle of the Pacific Campaign of WWII.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    The battle of Stalingrad was consider the
    turning point in World War II in Europe.
    The battle of Stalingrad was fought during
    the winter of September 1942 to 1943.
  • No Compromise

    No Compromise
    The Allegheny County War Transportation Committee appealed for "no compromise" co-operation from business in proposed plan to stagger working hours in order to prevent serious traffic congestion.
  • Hollywood Cavalcade

    Hollywood Cavalcade
    A "Hollywood Cavalcade" at Forbes Field sold $87,000,000 in United States war bonds; among those featured were Greer Garson, Fred Astaire, and Harpo Marx.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    Japan was fighting the U.S. so they
    could not capture Iwo Jima. The Battle
    ended March 25, 1945.
  • FRD Dies

    FRD Dies
    Franklin D. Roosevelt died april 12, 1945
    of a massive cerebral hemorrhage. He died
    15 minutes after he complained of a sharp
    pain in his head.
  • Truman Becomes President

    Truman Becomes President
    Harry Truman became present on the same day
    that president Franklin D. Roosevelt
    died. He became president that evening
    around 7:00.
  • Hitler Commits Suicide

    Hitler Commits Suicide
    Soviet Army was going to kill him. They
    never got to because he took his own life.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    WWII in Europe was known as VE Day. Ve Day
    was the day that the Allies surrendered to
  • Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

    Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima
    The "Little Boy" which was another name
    for the bomb Was dropped on Hiroshima
    around 8:15. It was said that it killed
    approximetly 80,000 people that day.
  • Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

    Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki
    The last Major event of WWII. After the
    bomb drop Japan Surrendered in a few days.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    It was a day to
    celebrate the win over Japan. It was also
    Known as the Memorial day for the end of