Parallel Historical Timelines: US History

  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt's second inaugeration

  • US proclaims its neutrality in the European War

  • Period: to

    Events leading up to US entering WWII

  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt's third inaugeration

  • Selective Service and Training Act

    The first peacetime draft in the United States was signed.
  • Lend-Lease Act passed

    This allowed the US to lend or lease war supplies to nations that were deemed "vital to the defense of the United States."
  • The first all-black unit of the US Air Corps is formed- known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

  • President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 8802

    Executive Order 8802orevebts discrimination against blacks and women in the hiring practices of defense jobs.
  • USS Greer was attacked by a German U-boat while transporting Lend-lease materials.

  • "Shoot on site" policy

    After the incident with the USS Greer, President Roosevelt orders all naval vessels to attack any ship that threatens American shipping or foreign shipping under escort.
  • USS Reuben James torpedoed by a German U-boat

    This was the first US vessel to be destroyed by Axis Powers.
  • Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

  • US declares war on Japan and enters WWII

  • Germany and Italy declare war on the US

  • Germany and Italy declare war on the US