WW2 and Cold War Timeline

  • Japan Invades Manchuria

    Japan Invades Manchuria
    This event started the Japanese Aggression against China and Indochina. Japan like other countries at the time wanted to dominate economically. They were rapidly expanding.
  • Munich Pact

    Munich Pact
    Britain and France made a deal with Hitler (Germany) Allowing Hitler to take more land. In return for Hitler's agreement to not look for any more territory. Although Hitler broke the pact less than 6 months later.
  • Kristallnacht

    Kristallnacht was a German Nazi group that vandalized Jewish homes, schools, businesses and killed over 100 jews. It started Nov. 9, 1938 and carried on into the next day Nov. 10,1938.
  • Neutrality Acts of 1939

    Neutrality Acts of 1939
    This Act allowed other nations at war to buy goods from the United States. Only if they paid upfront in cash and carried it out on their own.
  • Germany invades Poland

    Germany invades Poland
    This marks the official start of WW2 as Germany invades Poland. Which led to Britain and France declaring war on Germany. Of Course other country´s would eventually join as well.
  • Lend - Lease Act

    Lend - Lease Act
    This act allowed the U.S to produce massive amounts of raw materials and goods. For the Allies to utilize to their advantage in the war.
  • Atlantic Charter

    Atlantic Charter
    The Atlantic Charter was signed by FDR and Winston Churchill (British Prime minister) which introduced self-determination and a national system of general security.
  • Exec Order 8022

    Exec Order 8022
    This executive order prohibited any ethnic or racial discrimination in the nation´s defense industry. It was FDR´s way of responding to Phillip Randolph's problem of equal access to wartime jobs.
  • Atlantic Conference

    Atlantic Conference
    This conference was between FDR and Winston Churchill. In which they establish an alliance between Britain and the US. Known as the Atlantic Charter.
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Attack on Pearl Harbor
    Japan attacked American soil on pearl harbor naval base. Japan bombed our naval base because they saw the US pacific fleet as a threat to their growing empire.
  • Exec Order 9066

    Exec Order 9066
    Executive order 9066 was issued by FDR to authorized the internment of Americans of Japanese descent and resident aliens from Japan. Any one of Japanese descent were to sell their items and sent to camps in inland deserts.
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    Battle of Midway

    The Battle of Midway stopped the Japanese advance and put them on the defensive. Being that atomic bombs were dropped in by the U.S.
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    Operation Torch

    Operation Torch was an invasion of North Africa in order to free the Mediterranean Sea from the Germans. Also to protect the oil fields in the middle east.
  • D - Day

    D - Day
    Germanys run was basically over by the end of D - Day Especially after the Battle of the bulge. They were invaded on three fronts and Hitler committed suicide as the Allies neared Berlin.
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    Battle of the Bulge

    This was the last of the German offense. The Allies marched to Berlin after the battle of the bulge to crush what they left. In the midst of them doing so, Hitler committed suicide.
  • Koremastu v. United States

    Koremastu v. United States
    Fred Korematsu was a Japanese American who refused to leave his home. He even took his issue to the supreme court where he claimed it was unconstitutional but eventually lost.
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    This conference involved the ¨big three¨, FDR, Stalin, and Churchill. Together they came up with the final plan for the defeat of Europe.
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    Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Truman made the decision to bomb Hiroshima and three days later bomb Nagasaki. Simply To avoid the hard and long tasks of Island hoping to battle Japan.
  • United Nations is created

    United Nations is created
    The United Nations was created base on the idea of the League of Nations that was first proposed by Woodrow Wilson. United Nations was a way to promote international cooperation and maintain international order.
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    Nuremberg Trials

    These trails were the allies responding to the war crimes committed during the war by identifying them and putting them on a public trail. Hitler escapes any prosecution by suicide and other Nazi officers and criminals were charged with crimes against humanity.
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    The Truman Doctrine acted as a pledge to contain communism. It was first used when the U.S. gave military support and financial aid to Turkey and Greece.
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    The Marchall Plan also offered financial aid to European countries to help them as a whole. Both economically and to prevent the fall of European countries to communism.
  • Israel is Established

    Israel is Established
    The establishment of Israel is an example of one of the diplomatic effects of WW2. America supported the creation of Israel along with the Jewish people as well.
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    Berlin Airlift

    This was a method the U.S. used to win the first Cold War confirmation. Through ¨Berlin Airlift¨ in which they would supply the people of Berlin via airdrops.
  • U.S. Establishes NATO

    U.S. Establishes NATO
    NATO stood for North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It established a military alliance directly aimed at the Soviet Union. The Nuclear arms race was afoot After the Soviet Union tested an atomic bomb
  • Soviet Union Test Atomic Bomb

    Soviet Union Test Atomic Bomb
    After the Soviet Union tested an atomic bomb, the U.S. wanted to develop a hydrogen bomb. This was the start of the nuclear arms race.
  • Korean Conflict

    Korean Conflict
    Communist North Korea invaded South Korea. Truman convinced the United Nations to take action and the U.S. defended South Korea.
  • Soviet Union Launches Sputnik

    Soviet Union Launches Sputnik
    The Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1954. After the fact, the U.S. took it as a challenge and so began the race to Space.
  • National Defense Education Act

    National Defense Education Act
    After the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, America passed the National Defense Education Act. Which promoted science and math skills for the space race against the Soviet Union.
  • Rise of the Berlin Wall

    Rise of the Berlin Wall
    After the war Germany was divided in two East (soviet Union) and West (Allied sides). The Berlin wall became an iconic symbol of the Cold War.
  • Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

    Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
    The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan to prop up a friendly government. Although Afghanistan rebel groups evolved into the Taliban along with the U.S. support of their resistance movement.
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Fall of the Berlin Wall
    Along with other factors, this is considered to be the end of the cold war. A war lasting over 4 decades, involving everything from a space race to corrupt communism.