World War I: Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary is assassinated by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo.
Beginning of War
World War I: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia. Since Serbia has an alliance with Russia and Austria has an alliance with Germany, this causes a World War.
World War I: A German U-Boat sinks the British passenger ship in British waters. Many passengers die, including 128 U.S. citizens.
World War I: The U.S. is warned about the Zimmerman Note. This is what brings them into the war. Germany promised Mexico Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona if they sided with them.
U.S. Enters War
World War I: The U.S. declares war on Germany. President Wilson signs the DOW. Many men begin to join the armed forces.
World War I: The Espionage Act allows the government to censor publications in the mail. It is now a crime to disrupt the draft.
World War I Ends
World War I: Germany signs the armistice. The "Great War" is officially over. Germans are forced to weaken their military and pay reparations.
Nazis Invade Poland
WW2 Europe: The war begins when the Nazis invade Poland.
Nazis Invade France
WW2 Europe: The Nazis continue to move west into France. Also on this day, Winston Churchill becomes British Prime Minister.
First Use of Gas Chambers
WW2 Europe: The Nazis experiment their infamous gas chambers for the first time at Auschwitz.
Pearl Harbor Bombed
WW2 Pacific: The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor which begins conflict across the Pacific in World War II. Britain and U.S. declare war on Japan.
Hitler Declares War on the U.S.
WW2 Europe: Hitler defends the Japanese by declaring war on the U.S.
Battle of Midway
WW2 Pacific: This was the turning point of the war in the Pacific. The Americans defeat the Japanese, the beginning of their victories.
WW2 Europe: Allied forces storm the beaches of Normandy to begin their large scale attack on the Axis Powers.
Liberation of Paris
WW2 Europe: Paris, which has been under Nazi control for several years, is finally freed.
WW2 Europe; Adolf Hitler commits suicide near the end of the Nazi reign in Europe.
First Atomic Bomb Dropped
WW2 Pacific: The first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima. This was the first use of the atomic bomb which caused the Cold War.
Second Bomb is Dropped
WW2 Pacific: The second atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki.
WW2 Pacific; After the second atomic bomb is dropped, Japan officially surrenders. This is the end of WWII.
South Korea Invaded
Korea: In surprise attacks, North Korea invaded South Korea to spark the Korean War.
North Korea takes Seoul
Korea: North Korea captures the South Korean capital.
Korea: MacArthur sends Marines behind communist enemy lines. They successfully cut off supply lines. This allows them to attack.
U.S. Reaches Pyongyang
Korea: U.S. troops take over the North Korean capital.
China Enters War
Korea: Surprisingly, China enters the war and helps the North Koreans defend themselves from the American attacks. This eventually leads to the same territorial split that existed before the war began.
Stalemate is Reached
Korea: Neither side can seem to fight past the 38th parallel.
U.S. Begins Involvement
Leading to Vietnam: Kennedy begins U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War by sending 3000 soldiers and equipment.
Declaration on the Neutrality of Laos
Leading to Vietnam: The Declaration on the Neutrality of Laos signed by the U.S. and 13 other nations. It prohibited U.S. invasion of portions of the Ho Chi Minh trail in eastern Laos.
Ngo Dinh Diem Killed
Leading to Vietnam: The leader of South Vietnam was assassinated. This was a turning point in the war.
Leading to Vietnam: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
Lyndon B. Johnson Becomes President
Leading to Vietnam: Johnson is sworn in as president after Kennedy is assassinated.
Battle of Ia Drang
Vietnam: The United States has their first major engagement with North Vietnam.
Vietnam: North Vietnam and Vietcong troop stormed many cities in the South. The U.S. and South Vietnam troops held off the attacks.
Mai Lai Massacre
Vietnam: American troops killed hundreds of defenseless South Vietnamese.
Vietnam: Americans began to strengthen South Vietnam troops so the Americans could begin to leave periodically.
Kent State Shootings
Vietnam: 4 people were killed when policemen shot into a crowd of protesters that were throwing objects at them.
Jackson State Massacre
Vietnam: 2 people were killed while protesting of the Kent State Shootings and the U.S. policies in Cambodia.
Vietnam: The voting age is lowered to 18.
North Vietnam Releases POW's
Vietnam: Operation Homecoming. Many Americans return home.
Paris Peace Accords Signed
Vietnam: The United States, Vietcong, North Vietnam, and South Vietnam signed an agreement to end war and restore peace in Vietnam.
Last American Soldiers Leave Vietnam
Vietnam: American involvement in the Vietnam war is finally over.
Josip Tito Dies
Bosnia: The communist leader of Yugoslavia dies. He kept ties with the Soviets and the U.S. Once he dies, his country struggles
Saddam Hussein Invades Kuwait
Persian Gulf: Hussein says that overproduction of oil was why the Iraq economy was suffering. They invade Kuwait and wanted Kuwait to pay the foreign debt.
Operation Desert Shield
Persian Gulf: UN countries move troops to Saudi Arabia to prevent a possible attack from Iraq
UN Gives Iraq an Ultamatim
Persian Gulf: The United Nations says that Hussein and the Iraq troops must leave Kuwait by January 15, 1991 or the U.S. will make them.
UN Ultamatum Expires
Persian Gulf: The UN warned Saddam Hussein and Iraqi troops to leave Kuwait. Hussein did not listen. Now, the attacks will begin.
Operation Desert Storm
Persian Gulf: Norman Schwarzkopf uses air tactics to weaken Iraqi forces after Saddam Hussein does not leave Kuwait when he is told to.
Operation Desert Sabre
Persian Gulf: The ground attacks now begin after the weakening of Iraqi troops with air forces. Ground forces attack Kuwait and southern Iraq.
Bosnia: Slovenia and Croatia declare their independence. Slovenia begins to execute Croats
Somalia: This was an attempt to minimize confusion in Somalia. This was also created to get supplies where they were supposed to go.
Clinton Creates Safe Havens
Bosnia: Six safe havens are created for Muslims. They were later attacked.
Operation Provide Relief
Somalia: The US wanted to avoid using its military in these humanitarian efforts.
Operation Restore Hope
Somalia: Humanitarian groups establish camps for refugees so they don't starve to death.
U.S. Arrives in Mogadishu
Somalia: U.S. Navy Seals and Marines arrive in Mogadishu to help secure the area.
Four Journalists Killed
Somalia: When U.S. attacks Aidad by helicopter, he retaliates by killing 4 western journalists for everyone to see.
U.S. Soldiers in Mogadishu
Somalia: Dozens of U.S. troops are killed and wounded fighting in Mogadishu.
Attack of Sarajevo
Bosnia: Milosevic and Slovenia attack Bosnia since there is a large population of Muslims there. They kill Muslims and continue with ethnic cleansing. This was an international call for help.
NATO takes initiative
Bosnia: NATO agrees to being military attacks. There were massive NATO bombing forces.
Milosevic Talks Peace
Bosnia: He agreed to meet at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. He agreed to democratic elections of Bosnian Serb Republic and Muslim-Croat Federation. War criminals had to be handed over.