The War in the Pacific

Events

The beginning of World War II

July 7, 1937

Hitler invaded Poland and two days later, France and Britain declared war on Germany, beginning World War II.

The Bombing of of Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Japanese Navy Air Service against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

The U.S. declares war on Japan

December 8, 1941

United States declared war on Japan in response to that country's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor

The Battle of Coral Sea

May 4, 1942 - May 8, 1942

Major naval battle between the Japanese, United States and Australia, taking place in the Pacific Ocean

The Battle of Midway

June 4, 1942 - June 7, 1942

Fought mostly with aircraft, it resulted in the destruction of four Japanese aircraft carriers, crippling the Japanese navy.

The Battle of Iwo Jima

February 19, 1945 - March 26, 1945

Major battle in which the United States Marine Corps landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese during World War II

The Death of Roosevelt

April 12, 1945

The Germans surrender

May 7, 1945

Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Reims, France

Fat man dropped on Nagasaki

July 16, 1945

Codename for the atomic bomb that was detonated over the Japanese city of Nagasaki by the United States

Little boy dropped on Hiroshima

August 6, 1945

Codename for the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima

Japanese surrendered

September 2, 1945

Announced on August 15 and formally signed on September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close