World War Two History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 241

  • 1942-11-08 1st WW II American expeditionary force lands in Africa (Gold Coast)
  • 1942-11-11 During WW II Germany completes the occupation of France
  • 1942-11-12 Naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins between Allied and Japanese forces in Solomon Islands (WWII)
  • 1942-11-15 World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219.
  • 1942-11-20 NHL abolishes regular season OT until WW II is over
  • 1942-12-04 US bombers struck Italian mainland for first time in WW II

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1942-12-22 World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1943-01-05 Teams agrees to start season later due to WW II
  • 1943-01-14 World War II: Japan begins Operation Ke, withdrawal of its troops from Guadalcanal

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1943-01-14 World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt travels from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill, becoming the first American president to travel by airplane

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1943-01-14 World War II: Casablanca Conference begins between Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1943-01-15 World War II: The Soviets begin a counter-offensive at Voronezh
  • 1943-02-02 German 6th Army surrenders after Battle of Stalingrad in a major turning point in Europe during World War II
  • 1943-02-14 World War II: Rostov-on-Don, Russia is liberated.
  • 1943-02-16 World War II: The USSR reconquers Kharkov.
  • 1943-02-24 Texas League announces it will quit for the duration of WW II
  • 1943-03-14 World War II: Kraków Ghetto is "liquidated"
  • 1943-03-29 Meat( 784 gram/week, 2 kilogram for GI's), butter & cheese rationed in US during WW II
  • 1943-04-06 British & US armies link up in Africa during WW II
  • 1943-05-17 World War II: the Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams.
  • 1943-07-10 US, British and Canadian forces invade Sicily in WW II (Operation Husky)
  • 1943-07-12 World War II: Battle of Prokhorovka - Russians defeat German forces in one of the largest ever tank battles
  • 1943-07-19 500 allied air forces raid Rome during WW II
  • 1943-07-28 World War II: Operation Gomorrah: The British bomb Hamburg causing a firestorm that kills 42,000 German civilians
  • 1943-08-05 World War II: at around 11 A.M during the Battle of Troina, Mount Etna erupts sending ash and lava miles into the sky.
  • 1943-08-25 US forces overrun New Georgia in Solomon Islands during WW II
  • 1943-09-17 World War II: Soviet city of Bryansk is liberated from Nazis.
  • 1943-10-01 Allied forces captured Naples during WW II
  • 1943-10-26 World War II: First flight of the Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil".
  • 1943-10-31 World War II: F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception.
  • 1943-11-16 World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • 1944-01-03 World War II: Top Ace Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington is shot down in his Corsair by Captain Masajiro Kawato flying a Zero.
  • 1944-01-22 Allied forces begin landing at Anzio on the Italian mainland
  • 1944-01-29 World War II: The Battle of Cisterna takes place in central Italy.
  • 1944-01-29 World War II: About 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland.
  • 1944-01-30 World War II: United States troops land on Majuro, Marshall Islands
  • 1944-02-03 World War II: United States troops capture the Marshall Islands.
  • 1944-02-20 World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
  • 1944-04-05 World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans.
  • 1944-04-07 World War II: General Montgomery speaks to generals at St. Paul's School about his vision for the upcoming D-Day landings
  • 1944-06-10 World War II: In Distomo, Boeotia Prefecture, Greece 218 men, women and children are massacred by German troops.
  • 1944-06-19 World War II: First day of the 2 day Battle of the Philippine Sea, US naval forces defeat Japanese fleet
  • 1944-06-30 World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces.
  • 1944-07-09 In World War II, US troops secure Saipan as Japan fell
  • 1944-07-15 Greenwich Observatory damaged by WW II flying bomb
  • 1944-07-23 US forces invade Japanese-held Tinian in WW II
  • 1944-07-25 World War II: Operation Spring - one of Canada's bloodiest days, 18,444 casualties and 5,021 killed
  • 1944-09-02 Future US president George H. W. Bush bails from a burning plane during a mission in the Pacific
  • 1944-10-18 Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia during WW II
  • 1944-10-21 World War II: US troops capture Aachen, 1st large German city to fall
  • 1944-10-30 Sweden announces intention to stay neutral & refuse sanctuary in WW II
  • 1944-11-01 World War II: Units of the British Army land at Walcheren in the Netherlands.
  • 1944-11-19 World War II: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt announces the 6th War Loan Drive, aimed at selling $14 billion USD in war bonds to help pay for the war effort.
  • 1944-11-25 World War II: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth's store in Deptford, United Kingdom, killing 160 shoppers.
  • 1944-12-31 World War II: Hungary declares war on Germany.
  • 1945-01-07 The last surface engagement between Allies and Japanese in the Pacific campaign, World War II
  • 1945-01-12 The Soviets begin a large offensive against the Nazis in Eastern Europe

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1945-01-23 World War II: Karl Dönitz launches Operation Hannibal.

Naval commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz
  • 1945-02-07 London, Washington and Moscow discuss final phase of World War II
  • 1945-02-14 World War II: Prague is bombed probably due to a mistake in the orientation of the pilots bombing Dresden.
  • 1945-02-14 World War II: Mostar is liberated by Yugoslav partisans.
  • 1945-02-25 World War II: Turkey declares war on Germany.
  • 1945-03-05 World War II: The Battle of the Ruhr begins.
  • 1945-03-15 Bert Shepard (1 legged WW II vet) tries out as a pitcher for Senators
  • 1945-03-21 During WW II Allied bombers begin 4-day raid over Germany
  • 1945-03-27 World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins.
  • 1945-03-29 World War II: Last day of V-1 flying bomb attacks on England.
  • 1945-03-30 World War II: a defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1 to Americans.
  • 1945-04-01 US forces invade Okinawa during WW II
  • 1945-04-09 World War II: The Battle of Königsberg, East Prussia, ends.
  • 1945-04-14 World War II: US 7th Army & allies forces capture Nuremberg & Stuttgart in Germany
  • 1945-04-16 US troops enter Nuremberg, Germany
  • 1945-04-26 Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason
  • 1945-04-26 World War II: Battle of Bautzen - last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht.
  • 1945-04-27 World War II: The Völkischer Beobachter, the newspaper of the Nazi Party, ceases publication.
  • 1945-05-01 Radio Budapest, Hungary re-enters shortwave broadcasting after WW II

Victory in battleRaising a Flag over the Reichstag

1945-05-02 World War II: Battle of Berlin ends as Soviet army takes Berlin and General Weidling surrenders

  • 1945-05-03 World War II: German ship "Cap Arcona" laden with prisoners sunk by Royal Air Force in East Sea, 5,800 killed - one of largest maritime losses of life
  • 1945-05-05 World War II: Admiral Karl Dönitz, leader of Germany after Hitler's death, orders all U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to their bases
  • 1945-05-06 World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops (first was on December 11, 1941).
  • 1945-05-07 World War II: British troops enter Utrecht, Netherlands

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1945-05-07 World War II: Unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims

Nazi Leader Alfred Jodl
Nazi Leader
Alfred Jodl
  • 1945-05-09 World War II: Partisans liberate Ljubljana.

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1945-05-09 World War II: Hermann Goering is captured by the United States Army.

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1945-05-09 World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day
  • 1945-05-09 World War II: The Channel Islands are formally liberated by the British.
  • 1945-05-15 World War II: The final skirmish in Europe is fought near Prevalje, Slovenia.
  • 1945-06-21 US defeat Japanese forces on Okinawa

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1945-07-01 1st MLB superstar to return from WW II, Hank Greenberg hits a homer in his 1st game

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1945-07-05 World War II: Liberation of the Philippines declared.
  • 1945-08-08 USSR declares war against Japan in WW II

Victory in battleVictory over Japan Day

1945-08-14 V-J Day, Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone)

  • 1945-08-15 A riot ensued in SF while the city was celebrating the end of WW II
  • 1945-08-15 World War II: Korean Liberation Day.
  • 1945-08-26 Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan's surrender at the end of WWII

Victory in battleSurrender of Japan

1945-09-01 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (US date, 2nd September in Japan)

  • 1945-09-02 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (Japanese date, 1st September in US)
  • 1945-09-03 World War II: Japanese forces in the Philippines surrender to the Allies

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1945-09-08 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during most of WW II, attempts suicide rather than face war crimes tribunal attempt fails, later he is hanged

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 1945-11-10 Heavy battle in Surabaya between Indonesian nationalists and returning colonialists after World War II, celebrated as Heroes' Day (Hari Pahlawan).

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