Totally Awesome Timeline By cookiestalker1827 Jul 1, 1937 Japan's Invasion of China Japan invaded China through Manchuria, using the excuse that they were fired on by the Chinese soldiers. The Rape of Nanjing comes from this event. Sep 1, 1939 Germany Invades Poland Poland was invaded because of the territories granted to it after WWI and the invasion prompted declarations of war against Germany by Britain and France. Jul 1, 1940 Battle of Britain Failed attempt by the German airforce to obtain air superiority against the Royal Air Force in England. Sep 27, 1940 Tripartite Pact This signified the formation of the Axis Powers and the promise that if one country was attacked, the other countries would help out. Mar 11, 1941 Lend-Lease Act It allowed the US to help with the war effort without actually fighting by sending supplies to its allies. Jun 1, 1941 German Blitzkrieg on Soviet Union Hitler attempted to invade Russia by using the blitzkrieg technique; it seemed to work at first, but it failed. Sep 19, 1941 Germany takes Leningrad The Germans lay seige to Leningrad, killing many people throug starvation and attcks, but the Germans retreated at the end. Dec 7, 1941 Bombing of Pearl Harbor Many Japanese planes attacked the American base, killing thousands and sinking many ships. this event caused the US to declare war on Japan. Jan 20, 1942 Wannsee Conference It was a meeting to determine how to get rid of all the Jews in Europe, in a plan called the Final Solution. Jun 4, 1942 Battle of Midway The turning point in the naval war for the US, who had lost to the Japanese before. Jun 6, 1944 D-Day The first day of the Battle of Normandy, where the Allies planned to take western Europe. back from Germany Feb 1, 1945 Yalta Conference The meeting of Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt toward the end of the war to dicuss Germany's fate. Feb 19, 1945 Iwo Jima/Okinawa Two islands that were critical to the defense of Japan were invaded by the US. Apr 30, 1945 Hitler’s suicide After being warned that the Russians were close, Hitler chose to commit suicide via cyanide pill and shooting himself. May 8, 1945 VE Day This is the end of WWII and this day is the celebration of that end. Jul 17, 1945 Potsdam Conference Stalin, Churchill, and Truman met to talk about terms for Germany at the end of WWII. They decided to demilitarize and disarm Germany, along with changing the society. Aug 6, 1945 Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki The first used atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, destroying 90% of the city. A couple of days later, another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, causing Japan to surrender. Aug 14, 1945 VJ Day The day when the Japanese surrendered and is called Victory Over Japan Day. Oct 24, 1945 Formation of the U.N. It was formed to help with international affairs and its formation was lead by the Soviet Union, the US, and the UK. Mar 12, 1947 Truman Doctrine This doctrine stated that political, military and economic help would be provided for any democratic nation under oppression; this help coming from the US Jun 5, 1947 Marshall Plan A successful plan to generate money to aid the economy of Europe. Apr 4, 1949 NATO Its goal is to protect the Allies' freedom and security politically and through the military. Oct 1, 1949 Mao Zedong & People’s Republic of China After Mao became leader of China, he renamed China as the People’s Republic of China and turned it into a communist state. Jun 25, 1950 Korean War The war between communist North Korea and anti-communist South Korea. Mar 5, 1953 Stalin’s Death and Khrushchev After Stalin died, there was a power struggle that led to the rise of Khrushchev. Dec 1, 1954 Vietnam War The war between the communist North Vietnam with their allies, the Viet Cong, and South Vietnam with the US as an ally. May 14, 1955 Warsaw Pact An greement between the Soviet Union and 7 other countries; the Soviet Union was put in charge of the armies of those countries Oct 4, 1957 Sputnik A rocket that was successfully launched into orbit by the Soviet Union, and it started the space race. Apr 17, 1961 Bay of Pigs A failed invasion by Cuban refugees attempting to overthrow the communist government in Cuba. Aug 13, 1961 Berlin Wall A symbol of the Cold War that separated East and West Berlin to prevent the people from East Berlin from crossing to West Berlin. Oct 1, 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis After dicovering the missiles being built by the Soviet Union on Cuba, the US decided to blockade Cuba. Mar 11, 1985 Gorbachev The last General Secretary and leader of the Soviet Union, who brought a lot of change through reforms and attempted to bring democracy to the Soviet Union. Dec 1, 1991 Soviet Union falls The Soviet Union fell and separated into different countries due to internal resistance to its policies and instability.