Whitney Midnight WWII Timeline

  • japan quits the league of nations

    japan quits the league of nations
    The Japanese delegation, defying world opinion, withdrew from the League of Nations Assembly today after the assembly had adopted a report blaming Japan for events in Manchuria.
  • cash and carry plan

    cash and carry plan
    The purpose was to hold neutrality between the United States and European countries while still giving aid to Britain, exploiting the fact that Germany had no funds and could not reliably ship across the British-controlled Atlantic. Various policies forbade selling implements of war or lending money to belligerent countries under any terms
  • Bases for Destroyers Deal

    Bases for Destroyers Deal
    The Destroyers for Bases Agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom, September 2, 1940, transferred fifty mothballed destroyers from the United States Navy in exchange for land rights on British possessions. The destroyers became the Town-class, and were named for cities common to both the United States and Great Britain.
  • US Draft bill enacted

    US Draft bill enacted
    It initially required civilian males between the ages of 21 and 30 to register with local draft boards. After the United States entered World War II in December 1941, Congress extended eligibility for the draft to men between the ages of 18 and 45.
  • Axis Powers Act is signed

    Axis Powers Act is signed
    It began in 1936 with treaties of friendship between Germany and Italy and between Germany and Japan. The "Rome-Berlin Axis" became a full military alliance in 1939 under the Pact of Steel, and the Tripartite Pact of 1940 fully integrated the military aims of Germany, Italy, and Japan
  • Roosevelt is re-elected for the 3rd time

    Roosevelt is re-elected for the 3rd time
    Roosevelt dominated the American political scene, not only during the twelve years of his presidency, but for decades afterward. He orchestrated the realignment of voters that created the Fifth Party System
  • lend lease plan

    lend lease plan
    It provided that the president could ship weapons, food, or equipment to any country whose struggle against the Axis assisted U.S. defense.
  • Atlantic Charter

    Atlantic Charter
    The President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister, Mr. Churchill, representing His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, being met together, deem it right to make known certain common principles in the national policies of their respective countries on which they base their hopes for a better future for the world.
  • Pearl harbor day

    Pearl harbor day
    The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States.
  • Gen. MacArthur evacuates the Phillipines

    Gen. MacArthur evacuates the Phillipines
    MacArthur decides to escape Corregidor by PT boat to Mindanao and fly to Australia from Del Monte on a B-17 Flying Fortress. MacArthur arranges for himself and his family and military entourage of 13 officers, two naval officers and a technical sergeant to travel on four decrepit PT boats of Lt. John Bulkeley's Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3, based at Bataan. He also ordered three B-17's to fly from Australia to Del Monte airfield on Mindanao.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    The Battle of Midway, fought near the Central Pacific island of Midway, is considered the decisive battle of the war in the Pacific. Before this battle the Japanese were on the offensive, capturing territory throughout Asia and the Pacific.
  • Guadalcanal

    It was part of the allied strategic plan to protect the convoy routes between the US, Australia and New Zealand.So it was launched a few months after the Kokoda Track campaign and was the second major offensive launched by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan
  • Allies invade Sicily

    Allies invade Sicily
    The armed forces of Britain, the United States and Canada have landed on the Mediterranean island of Sicily.It is the first major landing of British troops on European soil since the fall of Crete two years ago.
  • D-Day

    fought nazi Germany on beaches of Normady.
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    This time the conference was held in Yalta in the Crimea. With Soviet troops in most of Eastern Europe, Stalin was in a strong negotiating position. Roosevelt and Churchill tried hard to restrict post-war influence in this area but the only concession they could obtain was a promise that free elections would be held in these countries
  • VE-Day

    German collapse came after the meeting (Apr. 25) of the Western and Russian armies at Torgau in Saxony, and after Hitler's death amid the ruins of Berlin, which was falling to the Russians under marshals Zhukov and Konev.
  • FDR dies

    FDR dies
    On this day in 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passes away after four momentous terms in office, leaving Vice President Harry S. Truman in charge of a country still fighting the Second World War and in possession of a weapon of unprecedented and terrifying power.
  • Hiroshima

    best known as the first city in history to be destroyed by a nuclear weapon when the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped an atomic bomb on it at 8:15 A.M.
  • Nagasaki

    Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War. During World War II, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki made Nagasaki the second and, to date, last city in the world to experience a nuclear attack.
  • V-J day

    V-J day
    On August 14, 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. Since then, both August 14 and August 15 have been known as "Victory over Japan Day," or simply "V-J Day." The term has also been used for September 2, 1945, when Japan's formal surrender took place aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay.