Events of military or tactical importance, mostly.
Start of WWII
Just to illustrate the length of the whole shebang.
Britain, Australia, New Zealand and France declare war on Germany.
British forces are evacuated from Dunkirk using lots and lots of civilian help.
Battle of Britain occurs, allied victory prevented German invasion of Britain
German loss in USSR, began Nazi defeat in the Eastern front of the European theatre.
Started US involvement in WWII
Key to Japanese loss at Midway. Allied supply lines were protected, and Japanese lost islands important for successful attack.
Turning point in battle; Discourages Japanese from attempting to capture Midway
Allowed for Allies to start island hopping in Pacific theatre.
First major (and demoralizing) loss for Nazi Germany
Gave allies free access to the Suez canal
Gave Allied forces a foothold in France
Nazis last major offensive against the Allies in the West. German losses were also more than the army could handle.
Iwo Jima had airfields that would give the controlling forces a tactical advantage
Okinawa allowed the US to form an assembly line of supplies to reach Japan
Was to end the war and ensure Japanese surrender
Not exactly WWII, but around the same time.
Roosevelt defeats Alfred Landon
After Neville Chamberlain resigns, Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of the UK
Britain recognized Charles de Gaulle as the leader of the Free French
More than 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry sent into custody of WRA
Mao Zedong named as the First Chairman of the Communist Party of China
Never took place due to WWII
Stalin, FDR, and Churchill meet to discuss the state of Europe after the war