Japan invades Manchuria without a declaration of war, violating the rules of the League of Nations. Japan needed the natural resources that China had.
Invasion of Poland
The German invasion of Poland the sparked WW2.
Battle of Britain
The Battle of Britain was a German attack on Britain. The Germans used bombs on the country. Many civillians were forced to be evacuated from their homes in order to escape the bombing.
The pact between Germany, Italy, and Japan that formed the Axis powers.
Lend Lease Act
The act that supplied a lot of the Allied nations with weapons and munitions without actually entering battle.
Germany Takes Leningrad
This is the siege of the city of Leningrad in Russia. They tried to starve the city. The Soviets eventually pushed them back.
Bombing of Pearl Harbor
This is the bombing of a base in Hawaii by the Japanese. Before this event, the United States wished to remain neutral in the war but once this event happened, they entered the war.
A meeting held by the leaders of Nazi Germany to discuss the final solution of the Jews.
Battle of Midway
American attack on Japanese naval forces six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It resulted in an American victory.
German Blitzkrieg on the Soviet Union
Otherwise known as the Battle of Stalingrad, this is the failed attack on the Soviet Union by Germany.
The establishment of Allied forces in France.
Meeting between the three chief Allied leaders in Crimea to discuss the plan to defeat and occupy Germany.
Iwo Jima/ Okinawa
These were two important battles for the Allies in WW2. Iwo Jima and Okinawa are two cities in Japan that the Allies conquered. These battles were very important Ally victories.
Hitler knew he was loosing. His military was on the verge of collapse. He killed himself before he could be captured.
Celebration in Europe to mark the victory of the Allies in WW2 against Germany.
Conference held by the Allied Powers held to discuss peace in Europe. Instead of beating Germany down, they discussed a fair treaty that would restore democracy and peace to the German state.
Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The United States used two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These bombings resulted in Japan surrendering and ending the war officially.
VJ day was the uncondictional surrender of Japan to the Allies. This marked the offcial end to WW2.
Formation of the UN
Representatives of nations at war with the Axis powers got together to form an alliance. The UN set rules for war and served as peacekeepers and strived to prevent future wars.
The Truman Doctrine is a proclamation by Harry Truman that stated the the United States would support Greece and Turkey with economic and military aid.
The plan for America to give aid to rebuild Europe after the devestation of WW2.
NATO was originally nothing more than a political alliance until the Korean War, then it became about fighting communism.
Mao Zedong and the People's Republic of China
Mao Zedong was a communist revolutionary leader in China. He proclaimed himself leader of China and proclaimed China to be the People's Republic of China.
This was the war between the U.N. backed democratic South Korea, and the Soviet supported North Korea.
After the war. Stalin's health deteriorated until he died. His replacement was Nikita Krushchev
Treaty among 8 communist states in responce to NATO.
The war against the UN and South Vietnam against communist North Vietnam and the Soviet Union. The war ended in a communist victory.
The Sputnik was the first man made object launched into outer space. It was launched by the Soviet Union. Since the United States' scientific superiority was questioned, this action was the start of the Space Race.
Bay of Pigs
Attack of Cuban exiles on Cuba. They attempted to overthrow Fidel Castro.
The Berlin Wall serperated West Berlin from the rest of the country. The Soviets did not want people leaving the communist East Berlin for the west.
Cuban Missile Crisis
The closest that the Cold War came to a nuclear war, this was the 13 day confrontation of Cuba and the Soviet Union and the United States.
Girbachev was the first president of the Soviet Union.
Fall of the Soviet Union
The economy was starting to slump and Gorbachev knew that he needed to reform the communist structure. He slowly changed it until it dissolved into seperate states.