US History Timeline

  • Manchuria - sept. 18th 1931

    Manchuria - sept. 18th 1931
     Japan launched an attack on Manchuria, Within days, Japanese armed forces had occupied almost all strategic points in South Manchuria.
  • Japanese Invasion of Manchuria September 19, 1931 – February 27, 1932

    Japanese Invasion of Manchuria September 19, 1931 – February 27, 1932
    on September 19, 1931 – February 27, 1932, The Japanese invaded Manchuria.
  • Hitler appointed Chancellor of Germany

    Hitler appointed Chancellor of Germany
    Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany in 1933 He ruled until his death by suicide in April 1945.
  • Nanking Massacre/Rape of Nanking - December 13, 1937

    Nanking Massacre/Rape of Nanking - December 13, 1937
    mass killing and ravaging of Chinese citizens and capitulated soldiers by soldiers of the Japanese Imperial Army after its seizure of Nanjing, China.
  • Kristallnacht - November 9, 1938 – November 10, 1938

    Kristallnacht - November 9, 1938 – November 10, 1938
    the incident is known as “Kristallnacht”, Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools, and businesses, and killed close to 100 Jews, and arrested almost 30,000 jews.
  • Munich Conference - Non-Aggression Pact is signed

    Munich Conference - Non-Aggression Pact is signed
    signed on August 23, 1939, On August 23, 1939–shortly before World War II (1939-45) broke out in Europe–enemies Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union surprised the world by signing the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact, in which the two countries agreed to take no military action against each other for the next 10 years.
  • Germany’s Invasion of Poland/Blitzkrieg - September 1, 1939

    Germany’s Invasion of Poland/Blitzkrieg - September 1, 1939
    Germany used the approach of bombing, railroads, communication lines, munitions dumps, following land invasions to overwhelm troops and artillery
  • Dunkirk - May 26, 1940 – June 4, 1940

    Dunkirk - May 26, 1940 – June 4, 1940
    338,000 British troops (BEF)/other allies were evacuated from Dunkirk to England - were intercepted by german forces and closed in on
  • Fall of Paris - June 14, 1940

    Fall of Paris - June 14, 1940
    Paris falls to Germany a month after Germans stormed France, Eight days later, France signed the Armistice.
  • The Blitz September 7, 1940 – May 11, 1941

    The Blitz September 7, 1940 – May 11, 1941
    the intense bombing campaign was undertaken by Germany against the United Kingdom during World War II.
  • Selective Training and Service Act is passed September. 16, 1940

    Selective Training and Service Act is passed September. 16, 1940
    On Sept. 16, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which was another name for the draft. It required all men between the ages of 21 and 45 to register for the draft.
  • Operation Barbarossa June 22, 1941 – December 5, 1941

    Operation Barbarossa June 22, 1941 – December 5, 1941
    Barbarossa was the crucial turning point in World War II, its failure forced Nazi Germany to fight a two-front war against a coalition possessing immensely superior resources.
  • Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

    Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941
    Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, on the morning of December 7, 1941, the U.S. military was completely unprepared for the devastating surprise attack, which dramatically altered the course of World War II, especially in the Pacific theatre.
  • Bataan Death March April 9, 1942

    Bataan Death March April 9, 1942
    forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of 60,000–80,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war was loaded onto trains.
  • Battle of Midway - June 4, 1942 – June 7, 1942

    Battle of Midway - June 4, 1942 – June 7, 1942
    The Battle of Midway was a significant naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II that took place on 4–7 June 1942, six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea.
  • Battle of Stalingrad August 23, 1942 – February 2, 1943

    Battle of Stalingrad August 23, 1942 – February 2, 1943
    In the Battle of Stalingrad, Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad in Southern Russia.
  • D-Day - June 6, 1944

    D-Day - June 6, 1944
    largest seaborne invasion in history - The Normandy landings were the landing operations and associated airborne operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day
  • Battle of the Bulge December 16, 1944 – January 25, 1945

    Battle of the Bulge December 16, 1944 – January 25, 1945
    Lasting six brutal weeks, from December 16, 1944, to January 25, 1945, the assault also called the Battle of the Ardennes, took place during awful weather conditions, with some 30 German divisions attacking battle-fatigued American troops across 85 miles of forest.
  • Yalta Conference - February 4, 1945 – February 11, 1945

     Yalta Conference - February 4, 1945 – February 11, 1945
    meeting of three World War II allies: the U.S, British Prime Minister Soviet Premier, discussed the post-war fate of defeated Germany and the rest of Europe, the terms of Soviet entry into the ongoing war in the Pacific against Japan and the formation and operation of the new United Nations.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima February 19, 1945 – March 26, 1945

    Battle of Iwo Jima February 19, 1945 – March 26, 1945
    The Battle of Iwo Jima was a major battle in which the United States Marine Corps and Navy landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II
  • Battle of Okinawa - April 1, 1945 – June 22, 1945

    Battle of Okinawa - April 1, 1945 – June 22, 1945
    codenamed Operation Iceberg, was a major battle of the Pacific War fought on the island of Okinawa by United States Marine and Army forces against the Imperial Japanese Army.
  • Adolf Hitler commits suicide April 30, 1945

    Adolf Hitler commits suicide April 30, 1945
    Adolf Hitler and his wife commit suicide.
  • VE Day - May 8, 1945

    VE Day - May 8, 1945
    Victory in Europe Day is the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II,
  • Dropping the Atomic Bombs - August 6, 1945

    Dropping the Atomic Bombs - August 6, 1945
    The dropping of an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured.
  • VJ Day August 15, 1945

    VJ Day August 15, 1945
    was proclaimed Victory over Japan (VJ) Day, although the signing of the official instrument of surrender was not to occur until September 2nd, 1945, aboard the USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay. There, representatives of nine Allied nations were present to accept the Japanese surrender.