German troops invade Denmark and Norway.
April 9, 1940
France signs armistice with Germany.
june 22, 1940
FDR elected to an unprecedented third term as president.
november 5, 1940
Soviet Union renews pact with Germany.
January 10, 1941
June - July: Over 62,000 Jews are murdered in western Russia.
June 30, 1941
Germany and Italy declare war on United States.
December 11, 1941
United States institutes extended military conscription for men ages 20-44.
December 19, 1941
Nazi leaders attend a short meeting to discuss the elimination of the remaining
January 20, 1942
The United States first attacks the Japanese by air.
April 18, 1942
United States and British forces land in French North Africa.
November 8, 1942
Allies invade Sicily.
July 10, 1943
Soviet Army counterattacks Germans in Russia.
July 12, 1943
D-Day, Allied invasion of Normandy.
June 6, 1944
Allied forces land in Greece.
October 4, 1944
Americans land in Philippines.
October 19, 1944
Harry S Truman replaces Henry Wallace as his vice-president.
FDR is elected for his fourth term
November 7, 1944
Americans land on Iwo Jima.
february 19, 1945
Hitler commits suicide.
Atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
August 5, 1945
NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA
January 12, 1946
1st US rocket to leave the Earth's atmosphere (50 miles up)
May 22, 1946
a pogrom in Kielce, Poland, claims the lives of some 40 Jews
July 4, 1946
WTTG TV channel 5 in Washington, DC (MET) begins broadcasting
January 1, 1947
Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium & through out US
April 27, 1947
Yankee Yogi Berra becomes 1st to pinch hit a World Series homer
October 2, 1947
23 countries sign GATT agreement in Geneva
October 30, 1947
Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan
February 15, 1948
U.S rocket flies record 4,800 KPH to 126k height
March 5, 1948
Babe Ruth's final farewell at Yankee Stadium
June 13, 1948
The Honda Motor Company is founded
September 24, 1948
Mass arrests of communists in India
February 19, 1949
By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN
May 11, 1949
President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents
October 26, 1949
Costa Rica adopts Constitution
November 9, 1949
U.S. President Truman orders construction of hydrogen bomb
January 31, 1950
Walt Disney's animated feature Cinderella opens in theaters
February 15, 1950
Korean War starts
June 25, 1950
1st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-94 at Boston
March 2, 1951
1st color telecast of a sporting event
July 14, 1951
Swiss males vote against female suffrage
September 20, 1951
1st long distance telephone call without operator assitance
November 10, 1951
Golden Gate Bridge closes due to high winds
December 1, 1951
Mr. Potato Head was introduced
May 1, 1952
The women of Greece are given the right to vote
May 28, 1952
False fingernails are first sold
November 13, 1952
The first U.S. postage stamp in 2 colors was introduced
November 21, 1952
U.S. President Harry Truman announced his final State of the Union Address
January 7, 1953
Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated the 34th President
January 20, 1953
Walt Disney's animated classic Peter Pan was released
February 5, 1953
The first nuclear bomb test was conducted in Nevada
March 17, 1953
In the U.S. the first shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan
March 22, 1954
Stanford Reaserch Institution stated South Carolinas sunshine is reason for smog
July 31, 1954
The Humane Society forms to prevent cruelty to animals
November 22, 1954
Smog causes LA officials to make people stop burning trash
November 26, 1954
Scrabble debuted in the board game market
January 19, 1955
President Eisenhower became 1st president to appear on color TV
June 7, 1955
Walt Disney's Disneyland opened to the public in Anaheim, CA
July 17, 1955
Sudan became independent from Britain. Northern Muslim parties took over rule.
January 1, 1956
Mel Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York.
January 3, 1956
Elvis Presley, truckdriver, began his 1st recording session for RCA.
January 5, 1956
The first Dear Abbey column appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.
January 9, 1956
1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster Pa.
January 3, 1957
Trans-Iranian oil pipe line finished
January 31, 1957
8.1 earthquake shakes Andreanof Islands, Alaska
March 9, 1957
US army sells last homing pigeons
March 23, 1957
1st National Curling Championship held
March 28, 1957
Due to lack of funds, Saturday mail delivery in US is temp halted
April 13, 1957
9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban
January 13, 1958
1st black in NHL (William O'Ree, Boston Bruins)
January 18, 1958
Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
January 19, 1958
Army launches 3rd successful US satellite, Explorer III
March 26, 1958
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
July 2, 1958
1st parking meter installed in England
July 10, 1958
1st class postage up to 4 cents (had been 3 cents for 26 years)
August 1, 1958
The Billboard Hot 100 is founded
August 3, 1958
1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte NC
September 5, 1958
NASA created to replace NACA.
October 1, 1958
1st transcontinental commercial jet flight (American) (LA to NY for $301)
January 25, 1959
Barbie, the popular girls' doll, debuted, over 800 million sold
March 9, 1959
1st known radar contact is made with Venus
March 9, 1959
1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited (Pleasant Hills Pa)
May 24, 1959
10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7")
December 21, 1959
George Washington, 1st ballistic missile sub commissioned
December 30, 1959
4 black college students in North Carolina protested their denial of service.
February 1, 1960
Tiros I, the first weather satellite, is launched by the United States.
April 1, 1960
The fifty star flag of the U.S. is debuted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 1, 1960
JFK won the election.
November 8, 1960
Disputes between Cuba and U.S. on business.
January 3, 1961
U.S. figure skating team is killed in plane crash.
February 15, 1961
Bay of Pigs Invasion.
April 17, 1961
Construction of Berlin Wall begins.
August 13, 1961
National Park Service extends into the U.S. Virgin Islands.
October 21, 1961
Lt. Colonel John Glenn becomes the first U.S. astronaut in orbit.
February 20, 1962
The Seattly Century 21 Exposition opens.
April 21, 1962
The Cuban Missile Crises begins.
October 14, 1962
The last twenty-seven prisoners of Alcatraz are removed.
March 21, 1963
A patent for the first manned space capsule is issued.
June 11, 1963
Supreme Court ruled in the case of Abington School District vs. Schempp.
June 17, 1963
U.S., Soviet Union, and Great Britain agree to limit nuclear test-ban treating.
July 25, 1963
Civil Rights march on Washington, D.C.
August 28, 1963
Mexico and U.S. sign the Chamizal Treaty
JFK was shot.
November 22, 1963
Year marked the end of the Baby Boom.
Panama Canal incident occurs.
January 9, 1964
Cassius Clay wins the World Heavyweight championship.
February 25, 1964
An omnibus legislation in the U.S. Congress on Civil Rights is passed.
June 29, 1964
The Tonkin Resolution is passed by the U.S. Congress.
President Lyndon B. Johnson wins his first presidential election.
November 3, 1964
Martin Luther Kings speaks at a civil rights rally at the Alabama State Capital
March 25, 1965
Voting Rights Act of 1965 is singed into the law by President Johnson.
August 6, 1965
The first public burning of a draft card occurs in protest to the Vietnam War.
October 15, 1965