U.S. Govt. approves sale of surplus war material to Great Britain.
First Peacetime Conscription Draft
September 14, 1940
U.S. Congress approves the 1st peacetime conscription draft.
March 11, 1941
Lend-Lease Act approved; provided $7 billion in military credits for American manfactured war supplies to Great Britain & other allies.
Jefferson Memorial Dedicated
April 13, 1941
Jefferson Memorial dedicated in Washington, D.C. by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Attack on Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941
Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked at 7:55 a.m. when Japanese fighter planes lauch a suprise attack on U.S. soil, destroying the U.S. Pacific Fleet that was docked at the base.
Battle of Midway
June 4, 1942 - June 7, 1942
Fought at Midway Islands between U.S. and Japan; 1st major defeat of the Japanese fleet against the U.S. military; Japan invades Aleutian Islands at end of war, which is 1st invasion of American soil in 128 years.
G.I. Bill of Rights Signed
June 22, 1944
G.I. Bill of Rights signed into law, giving benefits to veterans
February 3, 1945 - February 11, 1945
Conference was held in Soviet Union by President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, & Premier Josef Stalin. Agreement was made that USSR would enter the war in the Pacific area against Japan.
Mine Workers Strike
April 1, 1946
400,000 mine workers begin strike; other industries soon followed
Truman Doctrine Passed
March 15, 1947
Passed by U.S. Congress; granted $400 million in aid to Greece & Turkey to battle against Communist terrorism.
1st Around-the-World Non-Stop Flight
March 2, 1949
Flight made by Captain James Gallagher on the B-50 Lucky Lady
April 4, 1949
North American Treaty Organization formed; treaty stated that any attack against any nation of the organization would be considered an attack against all of them