Japanese claimed that they were fired on by Chinese troops at the Marco Polo Bridge near Beijing.
Germany Invades Poland
Germany invades Poland who surrenders within weeks of the invasion. Results in Brittan and Fance declaring war or Germany.
Battle of Brittan
The German air force attempt to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force. It helped prevent Germany from invading Brittan.
The Axis powers are formed as Japan, Germany, and Italy become allies.
Allowed the U.S. to send free supplies to countries in war, such as Brittan other countries, without actually engaging in physical battle.
German Blitzkrieg on Soviet Union
German turned on Soviet troops and attemped to Blitzkrieg which was an over whelming strike of many troops and artillary at once "lightning fast war".
Germany takes Leningrad
The city successfully withstood the longest siege in modern history.
Bombing of Pearl Harbor
Japanese planes bombed the U.S. naval base of Pearl Harbor which causes the U.S. to declare war on Japan the following day.
Members of the Nazi Party and German government gathered in a villa in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to discuss and coordinate the implementation of "Final Solution"
Battle of Midway
Major turning point in the Pacific during WWII in favor of the U.S.
About 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning.
The World War II meeting of the heads of government of the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, for the purpose of discussing Europe's post-war reorganization.
Two amphibiuos assults in the Pacific that were major wins for the United States.
Adolf Hitler commits suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule and shooting himself in the head when a little later, Germany surrendered to the Allied forces.
Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima
U.S. for the first time ever drops an atomic bomb on a Japanese city in hopes to end the war in the Pacific.
Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki
Three days later after the first atomic bombing of Hiroshima the U.S. dropped antoher atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki that ended WWII.
5 Days after the second atomic dropped on Japan, they surrendered ending the war in the Pacific and WWII entirely.
Formation of the U.N.
Established to promote international co-operation and was a replacement for the ineffective League of Nations.
President Truman established that the United States would provide political, military, and economic assistance to all democratic nations under threat from external or internal authoritarian forces.
When George C. Marshall firsted issued a call for a comprehensive program to rebuild Europe.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organizationis an intergovernmental military alliance.
Mao Zedong & People’s Republic of China
The civil war in China, between nationalist and communists, lasted from 1946 until communist victory in 1949. This resulted in Mao as leader and the establishment of the People's Rep. of China.
War between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ended it split of two sovern nations: South and North Korea
Stalin’s death; Khrushchev
After Stalin's death Khrushchev rose to power.
Signed in Warsaw, included the Soviet Union, Albania, Poland, Romania, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria as members.
Struggle between nationalist attempting to unify the country of Vietnam under a communist government and the United States trying to end the Domino Effect.
The world's first artificial satellite successfully launched by the Soviet Union
Bay of Pigs
1400 Cuban exiles launch a botched invasion of the south coast of Cuba
Divided West Berlin and East Germany from 1961 to 1989 both physically and was a symbol of the boundaries between democracy and Communism during the Cold War.
Cuban Missile Crisis
Russa placed a nuclear missile base in Cuba right in America's backyard. This increased eevn further tensions between U.S. and Soviet Union.
The last General Secretary of the Soviet Union, brought about massive economic, social, and political changes and helped bring an end to both the Soviet Union and the Cold War.
Soviet Union Falls
The communist Soviet Union broke into fifteen separate countries.