1940s Timeline of Events

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1940

Auschwitz II - Birkenau
Auschwitz II - Birkenau. (Photo by Massimo Pizzotti / Getty Images)

02
of 10
1941

Mt. Rushmore
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  • Atlantic Charter
  • Babi Yar Massacre
  • Captain America Comic First Appears
  • Cheerios First Introduced
  • Enigma Cryptography Machine Captured
  • German Battleship Bismarck Sinks HMS Hood
  • Ho Chi Minh Founds the Communist Viet Minh in Vietnam
  • Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor
  • Jeep Invented
  • Joe DiMaggio Begins His 56-Game Hitting Streak
  • Lend-Lease Act Passed
  • M&Ms Created
  • Mount Rushmore Completed
  • Nazi Rudolf Hess Flies to Britain on a Peace Mission
  • Nazis Begin Killing Adults and Children With Mental and Physical Disabilities as Part of Their Aktion T-4 Program
  • Operation Barbarossa
  • Siege of Leningrad

03
of 10
1942

Anne Frank
Anne Frank House

04
of 10
1943

Katy Forest Massacre
On April, 1943, mass graves containing the remains of 4,400 Polish military officers, who had been killed by the NKVD (Soviet secret police), were discovered. PhotoQuest / Getty Images

05
of 10
1944

D-Day
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06
of 10
1945

ENIAC
Computer operators program ENIAC, the first electronic digital computer. © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Image

07
of 10
1946

Atomic Bomb test
A mushroom cloud forms after the initial Atomic Bomb test explosion off the coast of Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Keystone / Getty Images

08
of 10
1947

Jackie Robinson
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09
of 10
1948

Gandhi assasination
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10
of 10
1949

Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong led the Red Army which undertook the epic Long March and overthrew the Nationalist Chinese dictator Chiang Kai-Shek in 1949. The Print Collector / Print Collector / Getty Images
  • China Becomes Communist
  • First Non-Stop Flight Around the World
  • George Orwell Publishes Nineteen Eight-Four
  • NATO Established
  • Soviet Union Has Atomic Bomb

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