Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany. His Nazi Party, or the Third Reich, takes power and Hitler is essentially the dictator of Germany.
January 30, 1933
Japan invades China.
July 7, 1937
Germany invades Poland. World War II begins.
September 1, 1939
France and Great Britain declare war on Germany.
September 3, 1939
Italy enters the war as a member of the Axis powers.
June 10, 1940
Germany and the Axis Powers attack Russia with a huge force of over four million troops.
June 22, 1941
The US Navy defeats the Japanese navy at the Battle of Midway.
June 4, 1942
Paris is liberated from German control.
August 25, 1944
US President Franklin Roosevelt dies. He is succeeded by President Harry Truman.
April 12, 1945
Germany surrenders to the Allies.
May 7, 1945