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World War II

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    World War II

  • Hitler Becomes Nazi Leader

    Hitler Becomes Nazi Leader
    Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party on July 29th, 1921.
  • Mussolini Becomes Prime Minister

    Mussolini Becomes Prime Minister
    On October 31st, 1922, Benito Mussolini is appointed as the Prime Minister of Italy.
  • Josef Stalin Sole Dictator

    Josef Stalin Sole Dictator
    On December 6th, 1929, Josef Stalin is the one dictator of the USSR.
    *Don't know the exact date, only that he came to power after the previous leader had a stroke.
  • Japan's army seizes Manchuria, China.

    Japan's army seizes Manchuria, China.
  • Adolf Hitler named Chancellor

    On January 30th, 1933, Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi Party, was named Chancellor of Germany.
  • Neutrality Act

    On May 1st, 1935, Congress passes the Neutrality Act, which was supposed to keep the United States neutral during World War II.
  • Italy invades Ethiopia

    On October 3rd, 1935, the Italian army invades the African country of Ethiopia.
  • Rhineland Invasion

    Hitler sends German troops into the Rhineland of Germany, violating the Versailles Treaty.
  • Japan becomes Militarized

    In 1936, Militarists take control of the Japanese government, turning the country into a "war machine."
  • Japan invades Nanjing

    Japan's newly militarized army invades and pillages Nanjing, China, killing over a quarter of a million people there. Goes on for two months.
  • Hitler gains Sudentenland

    The leaders of Britain and France meet with Adolf Hitler of Germany to discuss Germany's demand for the Sudentenland of Czechoslavakia. Germany is given the Sudetenland to get "peace with honor", but the Czechs are not consulted about this decision.
  • Munich Pact

    The Munich Pact is signed, giving the Sudentenland, formerly of Czechoslovakia, back to Germany.
  • Jews rounded up for labor camps & Kristallnacht

    In 1938, Nazis begin rounding up Jewish citizens and deporting them to labor camps. Kristallnact is the night of the broken glass. During it, 7,500 Jewish businesses are looted, 191 synagogues are set on fire, almost 100 Jews are killed, and many more are deported.
  • Nazi-Soviet Pact

    Germany and Russian representatives sign the Nazi-Soviet Pact, which is an agreement that the two countries will not attack one another.
  • World War II begins- Germany invades Poland

    The Nazis invade Poland. As a result, Britain and France declare war on Germany. The beginning of World War II.
  • Germany invades France

    (March - June 25) Hitler invades the Allied nation of France and it is forced to surrender. France is divided into occupied and unoccupied zones.
  • Nazi Invasions

    The Nazis invade Norway, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, and Belgium, taking control of each.
  • The Battle of Britain (Begins)

    During The Battle of Britain, the British Royal Air Force defeats Germany's Air Force to prevent the invasion of their island. Ends October 31st.
  • First Peacetime Draft in the United States

    To boost military strength, the United States begins a draft for able men to serve in the military, even though they are still neutral in World War II and in a peacetime.
  • Hitler breaks Nazi-Soviet Pact

    Hitler breaks the Nazi-Soviet Pact with the Russia, Stalin's country, and invades. The USSR then joins England fighting against the Germans.
  • Atlantic Charter issued

    President Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain, meet on a British battleship and write up the Atlantic Charter.
  • Japanese invade French

    (22-26) The Japanese army invades French Indochina. (Viet. Laos, Cambodia.)
  • Pearl Harbor Bombed

    U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is attacked by Japanese Naval and Air forces. As a result, the U.S. declares war on Japan, and its allies Germany and Italy declare war on the U.S. two days later. The attack destroyed aircraft and naval vessels of the United States, and killed 2,355 of its service men and 68 civillians.
  • Japanese Intern Camps

    Japanese American citizens are deported to intern camps within the United States because of discrimination and distrust against them over the course of the year of 1942.
  • Philippines fall to Japanese

    The Philippines fall to the nation of Japan after an invasion by Japan's military forces. A result of this is the Bataan Death March.
  • Battle of Midway

    (Jun 4 - 7) The Battle of Midway was a turning point in the war in the Pacific, the end result being the Japanese no longer having control of the Pacific.
  • Moscow Saved

    (Goes from August 23 1942 to February 2 1943.)
    The Nazis attempt to invade Russia at Stalingrad and take Moscow, Russia's capital, but the Russian troops stop their advance and save the capital.
  • Axis Armies in Africa defeated

    In North Africa, British and U.S. forces defeat those of Germany and Italy, who had invaded earlier in the war.
  • Zoot Suit Riots

    Zoot Suit Riots take place in Los Angeles, California throughout June of 1943.
  • Italy Surrenders

    Italy surrenders to the Allied forces and Benito Mussolini is dismissed as its Prime Minister.
  • D-Day

    The Allies invade France at Normandy. The invasion is called D-Day.
  • Paris retaken

    The French city of Paris is taken back from German occupation by the Allied Forces.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    (December 16th, 1944 - January 25th, 1945.) The Battle of the Bulge was the last offensive attack by Germany's forces. Allied forces win and continue to be on the offensive against Germany.
  • U.S. forces recapture Philippines

    United States forces return to the Philippines, which had previously fallen to Japan, and fight to reclaim them.
  • New president

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies and his Vice President, Harry S. Truman, steps up to the position of President.
  • V-E Day

    V-E (Victory in Europe) Day. World War II is over in Europe. Prisoners in concentration camps are liberated.
  • Atomic Bombs dropped

    (6-9) First Atomic Bombs dropped on the nation of Japan by U.S. aircrafts. First one is on Hiroshima, August 6th and the second is on Nagasaki, August 9th.
  • V-J Day

    V-J (Victory in Japan) Day. Japan surrenders to the Allied forces, partially due to the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki several days prior.
  • War Crimes Trials

    For the first time, War Crimes Trials are held. After World War II comes to an end, the trials are held in Nuremburg, Germany; Manila, Philippines and Tokyo, Japan.