World War 2
September 1st :World War II begins when Nazi Germany invades Poland’s capital in a massive encirclement attack.
September 3rd: Following the attack on the Allied nation of Poland, Britain and France declare war on Germany.
September 27: Germany, Italy, and Japan sign the Tripartite Pact in Berlin to formalize the alliance of the Axis Powers. The Pact provides for mutual assistance should any of its members suffer attack by any nation not already involved in the war.
December 7: Japan launches a surprise attack on American soil and bombs Hawaii’s naval base at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu. More than 2,300 American soldiers and sailors die in the attack, and another 1,100 are wounded.
February 19:: President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, which calls for the capture and incarceration of all Japanese-Americans in the United States.
November 28- December 1: Leaders Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin meet in Tehran, Iran to coordinate military strategy regarding German-occupied France and discuss political issues such as postwar settlements.
June 6: Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France, in a highly calculated effort to liberate Western Europe from Nazi control. The invasion, code named D-Day.
August 6: The United States drops an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, becoming the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry in a wartime effort.
May 7: Germany surrenders to the Allies in Reims, France, ending World War II in Europe.
September 4-11: During the Yalta Conference, the leaders discuss terms for Germany’s unconditional surrender, including post-war reparations, government, and borders. The Soviet Union agrees to join the fighting against Japan following Germany’s surrender.
September 2: Japan formally surrenders to the Allies and signs the Japanese Instrument of Surrender in Tokyo Bay, effectively ending World War II in its entirety.
December 8: Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, President FDR requests a declaration of war against Japan.