WWI-WWII Timeline

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    MacArthur’s Plan for Japan

    MacArthur’s Plan for Japan
    The primary purpose of the occupation was to disarm Japan and to punish the war criminals so that Japan would never again be a menace to the Allied countries.
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    Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    U.S. program providing aid to Western Europe following the devastation of World War II.
  • Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated

    Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated
    On that 28th of June 1914, Gavrilo Princip assassinated the Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand.
  • Russian Revolution

    Russian Revolution
    The Russian Revolution was a period of political and social revolution across the territory of the Russian Empire, commencing with the abolition of the monarchy in 1917 and concluding in 1922 with the Bolshevik establishment of the Soviet Union at the end of the Civil War.
  • Paris Peace Conference

    Paris Peace Conference
    The Paris Peace Conference was the formal meeting in 1919 and 1920 of the victorious Allies after the end of World War I to set the peace terms for the defeated Central Powers.
  • Mussolini’s March on Rome

    Mussolini’s March on Rome
    The March marked the beginning of fascist rule and meant the doom of the preceding parliamentary regimes of socialists and liberals.
  • Adolf Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch

    Adolf Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch
    Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party led a coalition group in an attempt to overthrow the German government. The plotters hoped to march on Berlin to launch a national revolution. But the insurrection failed miserably.
  • Stalin’s First Five Year Plan

    Stalin’s First Five Year Plan
    A plan that concentrated on developing heavy industry and collectivizing agriculture, at the cost of a drastic fall in consumer goods.
  • Second Italo-Ethiopian War

    Second Italo-Ethiopian War
    A war of aggression which was fought between Italy and Ethiopia from October 1935 to February 1937.
  • Germany violates the Treaty of Versailles

    Germany violates the Treaty of Versailles
    Nazi leader Adolf Hitler violates the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact by sending German military forces into the Rhineland, a demilitarized zone along the Rhine River in western Germany.
  • Spanish Civil War

    Spanish Civil War
    The Spanish civil war a military revolt against the Republican government of Spain, supported by conservative elements within the country.
  • Rape of Nanjing/Nanking in China

    Rape of Nanjing/Nanking in China
    Mass killing and ravaging of Chinese citizens and capitulated soldiers by soldiers of the Japanese Imperial Army after its seizure of Nanjing, China, on December 13, 1937, during the Sino-Japanese War.
  • Germany’s blitzkrieg on Poland

    Germany’s blitzkrieg on Poland
    The Nazis invaded Poland.
  • France surrenders to the Axis Powers

    France surrenders to the Axis Powers
    French government signed an armistice with Nazi Germany just six weeks after the Nazis launched their invasion of Western Europe.
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbor

    Bombing of Pearl Harbor
    The Attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the United States against the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii.
  • Battle of Guadalcanal

    Battle of Guadalcanal
    Strategically, possession of a Guadalcanal air base was important to control of the sea lines of communication between the United States and Australia.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad in Southern Russia.
  • Battle of El Alamein

    Battle of El Alamein
    Battle of the Second World War that took place near the Egyptian railway halt of El Alamein.
  • D-Day

    D-Day
    Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II.
  • Potsdam conference

    Potsdam conference
    the last of the Big Three meetings during World War II. It was attended by Premier Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union, the new American president, Harry S.
  • Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians, and remain the only use of nuclear weapons in armed conflict.
  • United Nations formed

    United Nations formed
    Aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations.
  • NATO formed

    NATO formed
    Intergovernmental military alliance between 30 European and North American countries.
  • Warsaw Pact formed

    Warsaw Pact formed
    Created in reaction to the integration of West Germany into NATO in 1955 and represented a Soviet counterweight to NATO, composed of the Soviet Union and seven other Soviet satellite states in Central and Eastern Europe.