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World War II Timeline

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  • 1941

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    • Dec. 7 Japanese attack Pearl Harbor
    • Dec. 8 U.S. declares war on Japan
    • Dec. 11 Germany and Italy declare war on U.S.
    • April 11 Office of Price Administration (OPA) established

    1942

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    • May 7 Battle of Coral Sea
    • June 3 Battle of Midway
    • Aug. 7 U.S.offensive at Guadalcanal
    • Aug. 17 First USAAF raid in Europe
    • Sept. 15 Papua-New Guinea campaign
    • Nov. 8 Operation Torch (North African campaign)
    • Jan. 24 OPA authorized to ration goods
    • Jan. 30 Emergency Price Control Act
    • Feb. 10 Last new civilian car made
    • April Japanese-Americans relocated
    • July 22 Gasoline rationing begins
    • Nov. 30 First War Loan
    • Dec. 27 Food Rationing Program announced

    1943

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    • Jan. 4 Tunisian campaign
    • Feb. 2 Germans surrender at Stalingrad
    • Mar. 2 Battle of the Bismarck Sea
    • May 13 North African war ends
    • June 30 South Pacific offensive begins
    • Aug. 15 Aleutians retaken
    • Aug. 17 Patton conquers Sicily
    • Sept. 9 U.S. Army lands at Salerno, Italy
    • Oct. 9 USAAF Schweinfurt Raid
    • Nov. 20 Central Pacific campaign begins
    • Feb. first point rationing books distributed
    • April 8 Roosevelt's "Hold the Line" Order freezes price increases
    • April 12 Second War Loan
    • Sept. 9 Third War Loan

    1944

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    • Jan. 22 Allies land at Anzio, Italy
    • Feb. 7 Allied victory in the Marshall islands
    • June 4 Rome liberated
    • June 6 D-Day (Operation Overlord begins in Europe)
    • June 19 Battle of the Philippines Sea
    • Aug. 15 Allied invasion of France (Operation Dragoon)
    • Sept. 10 France liberated
    • Sept. 11 Invasion of Germany
    • Oct. 23 Battle of Leyte Gulf
    • Nov. 24 Bombing of Japan begins
    • Dec. 16 Battle of the Bulge
    • Jan. 18 Fourth War Loan
    • June 12 Fifth War Loan
    • Nov. 20 Sixth War Loan

    1945

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    • Jan. 9 Philippines Luzon Campaign
    • Feb. 8 Rhineland Campaign
    • Feb. 23 Marines plant flag on Iwo Jima
    • Mar. 9 USAAF Tokyo raid
    • April 1 Okinawa Campaign
    • May 2 Fall of Berlin
    • May 8 VE Day (Germany surrenders)
    • Aug. 6 Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima
    • Sep. 2 VJ Day (Japan signs surrender agreement)
    • April 12 Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt; Harry S Truman becomes President
    • May 14 Seventh War Loan
    • October 29 Eighth, or Victory, War Loan