World War II

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The Great Depression begins in the U.S.

1929

Construction on the Maginot line begins on the border of France and Germany

1930

Japan Seizes Manchuria

1931

Stalins policies & failed crops cause massive starvation in Soviet Union

1932

Prohibition is repealed in the U.S.

1933

Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany

1933

The Nazi party in Germany passes the Nuremberg Laws, limiting Jewish rights

1935

Italy invaded Ethiopia

1935

U.S. Congress passed a series of Neutrality Acts

1935

Italy conquered Ethiopia

1936

Conservative General, Francisco Franco, led a revolt beginning a civil war

1936

Japanese armies over ran much of Eastern China starting 2nd Sion-Japenese War

1937

Hitler was ready to engineer the Anschluss, union of Austria & Germany

1938

Germany invades Poland. France and Britain declare on Germany

1939

Hitler announce Non-agression pact with his great enemy Joseph Stalin

August 1939

Hitler launched a Blitzkrieg against Norway & Denmark

1940

Japan signs Tripartite pact with Germany and Italy

1940

France falls to Germany. Germany begins battle of Britain

1940

German bombers first appeared over London

1940

German planes continued to bomb London & other cities of & on

1941

Germany & Italy, allies with Japan, Declared war on U.S.

1941

Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor

1941

Stalin invaded Russia during World War 1 and again in 1941

1941

Germany invades the Soviet Union

1941

Marked the turning point of the war

1942 - 1943

the four fronts: The Pacific, North Africa and Italy, the Soviet Union, and France to push back the axis tide

Americans win @ the battle of Midway

1942

DWight Eisenhower Took command of a joint British & American force in Algeria

1942

The "Big Three" focus on finishing the war in Europe

1942

Japanese gain control over Phillipines in the 65 mile Bataan Death March

1942

The allies push Rommel back in North Africa

1942

British defeat Germans at Alamein

november 1942

Germans surrender at Stalingrad

january 1943

Japan defeated at Guadalcanal

1943

Italians surrender to Allies

1943

Allie forces land in Sicily

july 1943

D-Day invasion at Normandy

1944

Young Japanese men chose to become Kamikaze

1944

MacArthur began the fight to retake the Phillipines

1944

Japan defeated at battle of Leyte Gulf

1944

British and American forces Rhine

1945

Germany surrenders

1945

Soviets enter Warsaw

1945

FDR died and Truman took over

1945

Peace treaty was signed

1945

Germany surrenders

1945

WWII ends in Europe

1945

WWII ends in Asia

1945

Russia enters war against Japan

1945

An American plane dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima

August 6, 1945

Soviet Union declared war on Japan and invaded Manchuria

August 8, 1946

The councils concluded peace agreements with several axis nations

1947

Marshall Plan is announced

1947

Stalin tried to force the wester allies out of Berlin

1948

U.S, Canada, and 10 other countries formed the NATO alliance

1949

Soviet union developed nuclear weapon

1949

Communist forces won control over main land China

1949

Soviets explode first atomic bomb

1949

Soviet alliance with the government of Communist China

1949 - 1960

Disputes between the S.U. & W.Powers led to Germanys division in 2 countries

1949

Germany is divided

1949

U.N. troops landed on port of Inch'on behind enemy lines

1950

Korean War begins

1950

6 nations set up the European Coal and Steel Community

1952

The U.S ended the occupation with Japan

1952

Both sides developed Hydrogen Bombs

1953

Korean War ends

1953

The U.S supreme court declared that segregated schools were unconstitutional

1954

Soviet Union responded by forming the War Saw pact

1955

U.S. & its allies formed SEATO

1955

Martin Luther King Jr. had emerged as a leader of the civil rights union

1956

Hungarian Uprising

1956

Same 6 European nations signed a treaty to form the European Economic Community

1957

Castro had led his Guerilla army to victory

1959

Dalai Lama was forced to flee the country

1959

Castro leads communist revolution in Cuba

1959

Britain, France, and China developed their own nuclear weapon

1960

Soviet Union reveals that U.S. spy plane was shot down over Soviet territory

1960

Germany built a wall that sealed Berlin

1961

JFK supported an invasion attempt by U.S. trained Cuban Exiles

1961

Bay of Pigs

1961

Soviet Union sent nuclear missiles to Cuba

1962

Fear of nuclear attack reached a peak in U.S. during the Cuban missile crisis

1962

U.S. involvement in Vietnam increased

1962

President Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, Texas

1963

U.S enters the Vietnam War

1965

Tet Offensive military campaign during the Vietnam War

1968

Prague Spring

1968

Detente

1969

U.S and Soviet Union began limiting nuclear weapons

1969

Both sides signed agreements settling these limitations

1972 - 1979

SALT I signed

1972

United States helps overthrow Chile government

1973

The Decades of post prosperity ended with a serious recession

1974

President Nixon resigns

1974

Vietnam War ends with North Vietnamese Victory

1975

SALT II signed

1979

President Reagan and the republican party called for cutbacks in taxes

1980

Perestroika Movement within the communist party

1980

Soviet communism declined, Germany moved toward reunification

1989

Berlin Wall is ruined&East Germany allows unrestricted migration to West Germany

1989

Eastern Europeans over throw Communist rulers

1989

German voters approved reunification

1990

Since the fall of the soviet union peace delegations have been approved

1991

The Soviet Union breaks up and the Cold War ends

1991

Warsaw Pact ends

1991

Lithuania becomes independent

1991

Reagan Doctrine

1991