Mao Zedong came to be known as a leader through the long march and had several strong beliefs such as the belief in divorce and the abolition of footbinding.
Japan's Invasion of China
The Japanese invaded China in 1937, starting the second Sino-Japanese war. The Chinese weren't able to resist Japanese, and the Japanese army was much organized.
Germany Invades Poland
On Septermber 1st, 1939 Adolf Hitler invades Poland and plans to rule it and regain lost territory.
Battle of Britain
The Battle of Britain took place the second half of the year of 1940. It was turning point in World War II and ended when Germany's Luftwaffe couldn't compete with the Royal Air Force.
On Septermber 40, 1940 Italy, Germany, and Japan became allies by signing the Tripartite pact in Berin.
The Lend-Lease act was a way for the United States to provide aid to foreign nations during WWII. They lended countries weapons.
Germany Takes on Leningrad
The German army was accompanied by finnish forces in a fight to take Leningrad that lasted almost 900 days.
German Blitzkreig on Soviet Union
Blitzkreig was a new German military strategy, and in the winter on 1941, German suffered great defeats and losses when fighting the soviet union. The soviets trapped the German army,
Bombing of Pearl Harbor
Japanese fighter plans attacked the american naval base in Honolul, Hawaii. They dropped bombs for two hours and several enormous battle ships were destroyed. The damage was devastating.
Formation of the U.N.
Representatives from twenty-six nations at war with the Central powers met and signed a declaration saying they would use their full force against the Axis.
German officials and Nazis met at a villa in the suburb Wannsee to discuss what they called the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question".
Battle of Midway
This battle took place six months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The U.S countered Japan's ambush and greatly damaged the Japanese navy.
On this day British forces landed on the coast of France's Normandy area and launched a large amphibious assault that ended in nothern France being liberated.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin met in Crimea, Russia for seven days to discuss the future progress of the war.
There are two islands that were essential to the invasion of japan. The Americans defeated Japanese forces on these islands and brought Japan into the range of the B-29 bombers.
Adolf Hitler hides out in an air-raid shelter, consumes cyanide, and then shoots himself in the head.
On May 8th 1945, Germany's unconditional surrender was ratified at Berlin. VE is short for "Victory in Europe".
Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and U.S. President Harry Truman met in Potsdam, Germany to negotiate terms for the end of World War II.
Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The American forces decided to drop their new weapon, the atomic bomb, on Nagasaki and Hiroshima on August 6th 1945. These bombs caused extremely devastating damage and caused the Japanese to surrender unconditionally.
VJ is short for "Victoryover Japan." On this day the Japanese surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, ending World War II.
The Truman Doctrine determined that the U.S would provide military, political, and economic assistance for nations who are under threat from authoritarian forces.
The Marshall plan was a plan to help aid economic recovery in Europe after the devastation of World War II.
NATO stands for North American Trade Organization. Communist expansion prompted the U.S and eleven others countries to form NATO
The Korean War began with the invasion of North Korean communist troops of South Korea. The Americans, wanting to prevent the spread of Communism entered the war on the side of South Korea. Much fighting occured around the 38th parallel.
Stalin's Death; Khrushchev
Stalin died at 73 years of age from cerebral hemmorhaging. His succesor was Nikita Khrushchev.
The Warsaw Pact was a pact put together in response to NATO. It gave the soviets command of the armed forces in the member states
In this war, nationalist forces were trying to unify the country under communist forces while the Americans were trying to prevent the spread of communism.
On October 4, 1957 the Russians launched Sputnik into space and pulled ahead Americans in the space race. Sputnik was the world's first artifical satellite.
Bay of Pigs
A revolution in Cuba had just ended with the installment of Fidel Castro as the new leader. The U.S deemed him threatening and Eisenhower ordered a force of armed Cuban exiles to attack Cuba in 1961.
On this day the GDR started to build a wall between east and west Germany. The point of this wall was to keep western "fascists" from coming to western Germany.
Cuban Missle Crisus
An American U-2 place flew over Cuba and discovered nuclear mission sites. On this day President Kennedy spoke to the nation about this crisis.
Gorbachev was general secretary of the Soviet Union and helped bring an end the cold war and break up the USSR.
Soviet Union falls
On this day the Soviet union collapsed into fifteen different counties and it's end was finalized by a declaration. The cold war was a major factor in its end.