USII.5, 7, and 8 VA SOLs Wars and Growing Influence

Timeline created by HCPS Social Studies
In History
  • Civil War Ends

    Civil War Ends
    After the Civil War ends, it would be 33 years before the US was involved in another war and 83 years with a foreign nation.
  • Spanish American War (USII.5a)

    Spanish American War (USII.5a) Involved the US fighting against Spain over Cuba, USS Maine, Pacific islands like the Philippines, and Yellow Journalism. This put the US as an international power.
  • World War One Begins in Europe

    World War One Begins in Europe 1914 saw Europe go to war after the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria. At first, the US was neutral, but soon, would be pulled into war.
  • RMS Lusitania Sunk by German U-Boat (USII.5c)

    RMS Lusitania Sunk by German U-Boat (USII.5c) German submarine warfare: Sinking of the Lusitania. Over 1000 people were killed, including 128 Americans. The event brought the US one-step closer to joining World War 1.
  • Zimmerman Telegram (USII.5c)

    Zimmerman Telegram (USII.5c) Germany promises Mexico US land if it joins World War One against the US. The US finds out and brings us closer to war against Germany.
  • US joins World War One (USII.5c)

    US joins World War One (USII.5c) After the Zimmerman Telegram and more US ships getting attacked by German U-Boats, President Wilson finally declared war on Germany.
  • Wilson's 14 Points (USII.5c)

    Wilson's 14 Points (USII.5c) Wilson's plan for peace after WW1. Includes the League of Nations as an idea to prevent future wars.
  • World War One Ends (USII.5c)

    World War One Ends (USII.5c) With help from the US, the Allies finally defeat Germany and the Central Powers. Germany signs the Treaty of Versailles, punishing them for the war. This is the first cause of World War Two.
  • World War Two Begins in Europe (USII.7b)

    World War Two Begins in Europe (USII.7b) War begins in Europe when Germany attacks Poland. The Soviet Union (USSR) also invaded Poland. The US would remain neutral while Europe was at war.
  • Germany Invades France (USII.7b)

    Germany Invades France (USII.7b) As part of the German strategy to dominate Europe, Germany captures Paris. Everything is going Germany's way at this point.
  • Battle of Britain (USII.7b)

    Battle of Britain (USII.7b) To win the war, Germany needs to defeat England on English soil. An air war begins, but fails to defeat England. Germany's first major set back. Daily bombings last 3 months.
  • Lend-Lease is Signed (USII.7c)

    Lend-Lease is Signed (USII.7c) The United States gave Britain war supplies and old naval warships in return for military bases in Bermuda and the Caribbean (Lend Lease). This helps the Allies (the good guys) while keeping the US out of the war.
  • German Invasion of the Soviet Union (USII.7b)

    German Invasion of the Soviet Union (USII.7b) Germany launches as surprise attack against the USSR. Hitler felt he'd need the land and resources, and that it would be an easy win. This would be a disaster for Germany. 5 months of fighting, over 1 million killed.
  • Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor (USII.7b)

    Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor (USII.7b) Japan launches a sneak attack on the US Navy in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 2,402 Americans died. Within days, the US is at war with Japan and Germany. Germany declared war on the US after Japan's attack.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway A major battle between US and Japan. It's a 4 day battle leading to a huge win for the US. This is the turning point for Japan as the US can now creep closer to Japan.
  • D-Day Invasion (USII.7b)

    D-Day Invasion (USII.7b) American and other Allied troops landed in Normandy, France to begin the liberation of Western Europe. Very bloody fighting. this would ultimately be the beginning of the end for Germany.
  • Dropping the Atomic Bomb (USII.7b)

    Dropping the Atomic Bomb (USII.7b) To end the war with Japan, the US felt it would have to invade mainland Japan which could kill millions. The Atomic Bomb was seen as a better alternative to get Japan to surrender.
  • Dropping the Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki (USII.7b)

    Dropping the Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki (USII.7b) The United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) in 1945, forcing Japan to surrender and ending World War II.
  • Korean War (USII.8c)

    Korean War (USII.8c)
    South Korea and the United States resisted Chinese and North Korean aggression. The conflict ended in a stalemate. The lasted until July 1953.
  • Berlin Wall is Built

    Berlin Wall is Built
    The Berlin Wall becomes a symbol of the Cold War.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis (VUSII.8c)

    Cuban Missile Crisis (VUSII.8c) The Soviet Union placed missiles in Cuba just miles from the US. The Soviets removed the missiles in response to a U.S. blockade of Cuba.
  • US and Vietnam War (USII.8c)

    US and Vietnam War (USII.8c) Began in 1955, but the US wasn't at "war" until 1964 when the US finally began using ground soldiers. Lasted until April of 1975. It became a very unpopular war in the US. The US negotiated peace in 1973, but lost the peace afterward and then abandoning Vietnam in 1975.
  • The Berlin Wall Falls (USII.8c)

    The Berlin Wall Falls (USII.8c) The fall of the Berlin Wall was the first sign that the Cold War could be coming to an end.
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    The Cold War (USII.8c)

    The Cold War
    The state of tension without actual fighting between the
    United States and the Soviet Union, which divided the world into two camps.