World War II Timeline Liza Levine


Neutrality Acts

August 31, 1935

Lifted the arms embargo and put all trade with some nations under the terms of “cash-and-carry.” American ships were barred from transporting goods to belligerent ports.

Munich Conference

September 29, 1938

Munich Pact was signed and it seals the fate of Czechoslovakia and handing it over to Germany in the name of peace.

Lend Lease Act

March 11, 1941

Principal means for providing U.S. military aid to foreign nations during World War II.

Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941

Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. The bombing killed more than 2,300 Americans


June 6, 1944

Allied Forces of Britain, America, Canada, and France attacked German forces on the coast of Normandy, France. Allies attacked and gained a victory that became the turning point for World War II in Europe

Death of FDR

April 12, 1945

Suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage; he died later that day, and was succeeded in office by his vice president, Harry S. Truman

VE Day

May 8, 1945

Commemorates the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied forces in 1945, ending World War II in Europe

Potsdam Declaration

July 26, 1945

Defining terms for Japanese surrender is a statement that called for the surrender of all Japanese armed forces during World War II

Atomic Bombs Dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6, 1945

US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in Japan. Three days later a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki

VJ Day

September 2, 1945

Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II

Nuremberg Trials

November 20, 1945

Trials held in which the Allies prosecuted German military leaders, political officials, industrialists, and financiers for crimes they had committed during world war ii