Franklin D. Roosevelt elected President of the United States for the first time.
November 8, 1932 - November 9, 1932
Roosevelt becomes president of the US during WWII.
Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany
January 30, 1933 - January 31, 1933
Massive torchlight parade in Berlin to celebrate the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany.
Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany
August 19, 1934 - August 20, 1934
Hitler achieves absolute authority.
Adolf Hitler violates the Treaty of Versailles by ordering military conscription
March 16, 1935 - March 17, 1935
When Hitler “buffed up his military”, it made the other countries nervous that they might be attacked, so some took the precautionary measures of building up their military.
Mussolini Invades Ethiopia.
May 9, 1936 - May 10, 1936
Mussolini invaded Ethiopia, so the League of Nations told him he shouldn’t do it but failed to do anything to stop him. This showed everyone that the League of Nations would not stop you from conquering the land you want because Mussolini just kept going.
Stalin begins his purge of dissenters.
June 11, 1937 - June 12, 1937
This marks the beginning of Stalin’s Great Purge where he eliminates all that oppose his reign.
Japan Invades China.
July 7, 1937 - July 8, 1937
Japan invaded China not only to show their power but to gain resources.
Germany announces ‘Anschluss’ with Austria.
March 12, 1938 - March 13, 1938
Germany and Austria form a political union.
November 9, 1938 - November 10, 1938
“The night of broken glass” Nazis burned down many Jewish businesses, houses, and churches/temples.
Czechoslovakia taken by Nazi’s as appeasement from Britain and France.
March 15, 1939 - March 16, 1939
Britain and France allow Germany to take Czechoslovakia in hopes that it would satisfy Hitler and he wouldn’t take more countries.
Nazis and Soviets sign non-aggression Pact.
August 23, 1939 - August 24, 1939
Hitler gets on Stalin’s good side so that he will not have to worry about war to the east until Germany is ready by signing a non-aggression pact.
Germany Invades Poland.
September 1, 1939 - September 2, 1939
Hitler keeps going and decides to conquer Poland after promising to stop with Czech.
Britain declares war on Germany.
September 3, 1939 - September 4, 1939
Britain decides enough is enough and decides to stop giving in to Germany and declares war on them.
United States proclaims neutrality.
September 5, 1939 - September 6, 1939
The US is still trying to stay out of the war.
Nazis invade France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
May 10, 1940 - May 11, 1940
Germany invades all these countries for more land for Hitler’s lebensraum, and basically declared war on them.
Battle of Britain begins.
July 10, 1940 - July 11, 1940
This is a air battle between the British RAF and the German Luftwaffe. Britain wins.
German air raid on Central London.
August 23, 1940 - August 24, 1940
Germany bombed London on a regular basis, destroying the city and killing many civilians. Also called the London Blitz.
Tripartite (Axis) Pact signed by Germany, Italy and Japan
September 27, 1940 - September 28, 1940
Germany, Italy, and Japan formed an alliance.
Germany attacks the Soviet Union.
June 22, 1941 - June 23, 1941
Germany cuts ties with the USSR and declares war, invades, and attacks the Soviet Union.
Nazi’s first experimental use of gas chambers at Auschwitz.
September 3, 1941 - September 4, 1941
This marks the start of Hitler’s mass exterminations through gas chambers and work camps.
Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor.
December 7, 1941 - December 8, 1941
When Japan bombs our naval port at Pearl Harbor, they awoke a sleeping giant. They basically forced us to go to war with them.
United States and Britain declare war on Japan
December 8, 1941 - December 9, 1941
They declare war on Japan in response to the bombing on Pearl Harbor by Japanese Kamikaze pilots.
Germany declares war on the United States.
December 11, 1941 - December 12, 1941
By this point, WWII has truly become a two sided worldwide war.
Japan Invades Manchuria.
August 9, 1945 - August 10, 1945
Soviets declare war on Japan and invade Manchuria.