us history

  • adolf hitler becomes leader

    Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the Nazi Party
  • mussolini becomes prime minister

    Benito Mussolini appointed Prime Minister of Italy
  • stalin sole dictator

    Josef Stalin sole dictator of the Soviet Union (USSR)
  • war in china

    Japan’s Army seizes Manchuria, China
  • hitler becomes chancellor

    Hitler is named Chancellor of Germany
  • neutrality act

    1935 Neutrality Act passed by US Congress
  • hitler invades rhineland

    1936 Hitler sends troops into Rhineland of Germany in violation of the Versailles Treaty
  • japan attacks pillages

    1937 Japan’s army pillages Nanjing, China; massacre a quarter of a million people.
  • nazis begin roundup

    1938 Nazis begin rounding up Jews for labor camps
  • nazi soviet pact

    1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact signed by Hitler and Stalin
  • navis begin attacks

    1939 Sept 1st - Nazis invade Poland; Britain and France declare war on Germany
  • nazis continue the attack

    1940 Nazis invade Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium – take control
  • germany invades

    1940 Germany invades France and forces it to surrender
  • hitler breaks the pact

    1941 Hitler breaks Pact with Stalin’s Russia and invades -USSR now joins England in fighting the Germans
  • pearl harbor

    1941 Pearl Harbor in Hawaii attacked by Japanese Naval and Air forces, US declares war on Japan, Germany and Italy declare war on the US
  • midway

    1942 Battle of Midway, turning point of war in the Pacific
  • us forces defeat german

    1943 British and US forces defeat German and Italian armies in North Africa
  • italy surrenders

    1943 July - Italy surrenders, Mussolini dismissed as Prime Min.
  • atomic bomb

    1945 Aug. - First Atomic Bombs dropped
  • japan surrenders

    1945 Aug. 14th – V-J Day, Japan surrenders to Allied Forces
  • war crimes trials held

    1946 War Crimes Trials held in Nuremburg Germany; Manila, Philippines and Tokyo, Japan.