The 1940's

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  • U.S. Congress reintroduces the draft!

    U.S. Congress reintroduces the draft!
    The U.S. Congress approves the first pecetime conscription draft in anticipation of possible American involvement in WWII
  • Lend-Lease Act is approved

    Lend-Lease Act is approved
    Lend-Lease Act is a program that allowed United States to give supplies to the allies in Europe which cost $50.1 billion in supplies which in present time would be nearly $647 billion!
  • RKO Pictures releases Citizen Kane

    RKO Pictures releases Citizen Kane
    This film was a drama that was way ahead of its time, and was directed by Orson Welles. It was voted the greatest movie of all time for many years, and it also won nine awards.
  • Mount Rushmore was completed

    Great giant granite mountain side with the faces of the greatest presidents, brought a lot of tourism in South Dakota. It was not actually completed but was stopped for lack of money.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt elected to third term as president of the U.S.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt elected to third term as president of the U.S.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first and only president to ever go on for an unprecedented third term in office he was the United States of Americas thirty- second president.
  • Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

    The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a suprise attack on the United State's Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Japanese did it to prevent the United States from interfering with the Japanese military actions.
  • Executive order 9066 is signed ordering Japanese-Americans to be held in relocation camps.

    The Executive order 9066 was authorizing the Secretary of war to prescribe certain areas as military zones, and relocated the Japanese that lived in the United States of America to internment camps. Nearly 120,000 Japanese were held for the duration of the war.
  • Battle of Midway

    The Battle of Midway was the most important naval battle in World War II. The Japanese planned to put the U.S. aircraft carriers in a trap and gain control of the pacific. The United States of America's code breakers were able to find the location and date of the attack and the U.S.A. was able to sink 4 aircraft carries and a heavy cruiser with only the cost of one aircraft carrier and a destroyer.
  • Detroit, Michigan Race RIots

    Tension increased between the blacks and the whites. The whites felt threatened that the blacks were taking their homes, jobs, communities, and churches. One day a black man was said to insult a white mans girlfriend and the fight between the two led to a brawl between the races and they fought in the streets of Detroit.
  • Manhattan Project Begins

    The Manhattan Project was a research and development program that created the first atomic bomb during World War II. The program ended up costing around $2 billion and employed about 130,000 people.
  • D-Day (Operation Overload)

    The battle of Normandy was the battle that launched the invasion of German that occupied Europe. D-Day was the beginning of the end of the war.
  • G.I. Bill of RIghts signed into law

    A law that provided a range of benefits for men returning from World War II. This law helped military men get "back on their feet" after returning, Whether it be money to go back to school or low costing mortages.
  • Americans land at Iwo Gima

    A month long battle that was between the U.S.A. and Japan. The U.S. armed forces were attempting to capture the island and were successful after a long very grusome battle.
  • Harry S. Truman becomes president

    Harry S. Truman became president after president Roosevelt's death from declining bad health. Trueman was the president to end the World War II.
  • Germany Surrenders

    Germany signed an unconditional surrender at allied headquarters in Reims, France, to end the European conflict of World War II.
  • Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    The U.S.A. dropped nuclear bombs on Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The nuclear bombs that were used were the only nuclear weapons used in war to that were up to date.
  • First of meeting of the United Nations General Assembly

    51 nations were present during the meeting. The meeting was held in Westminster, London. They discussed important questions, recomendations, electoral matters, budget matters and such.
  • National Basketball Association of America is founded

    The National Basketball Association of America was founded in New York, New York. The NBA was founded by owners of major Hockey arenas in the United States and Canada.
  • Jackie Ronbinson debutsat first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers

    Jackie Robinson was the very first Black Major Legue Baseball player. Robinson broke the color line and was a big influence to ending racial segregation.
  • Marshall Plan

    The Marshall plan was an American program to help rebuild the economies of the European countries. The U.S.A. wanted to rebuild Europe and make it prosperous once again.
  • President Truman is re-elected

    Harry S. Truman won the1948 presidential election. Truman won with 303 of the electoral votes, 24,179,247 popular votes and carried 28 states.
  • NATO is formed

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was made to protect North American and Eurpean countries from attack, primarily by the USSR. The treaty stated that if any one of the members were attacked, all the rest would come to their aid.