AP U.S. History Notes

1940-1960

  • 1940
    • Roosevelt makes destroyers-for-bases deal with the British
    • Fall of France
    • First peacetime draft
  • 1941
    • Lend-Lease, Battle of Britain, Hitler attacks USSR
    • Atlantic Charter
    • Japan attacks Pearl Harbor
  • 1942
    • Allied year of disaster
    • U. S. interns Japanese
    • U. S. halts Japanese at Coral Sea and Midway
  • 1943
    • Tide turns against Axis
    • Russia wins at Stalingrad, unconditional surrender demanded
    • Italy invaded
  • 1944
    • France invaded
    • Bombing of Japan begins
    • Russia sweeps through Eastern Europe
    • Philippines liberated
  • 1945
    • Yalta
    • FDR dies
    • Germany surrenders
    • Atom bombs
    • End of WW 2
  • 1946
    • U. S. - USSR relations worsen
    • "Iron Curtain" speech
  • 1947
    • Cold War begins
    • Marshall Plan
    • Containment
  • 1948-1949
    • Berlin Airlift
    • Taft-Hartley
    • Military integrated
  • 1949
    • NATO
    • Russia explodes the bomb
    • Communists control China
  • 1950
    • Korean War
    • Joseph McCarthy
  • 1951: Twenty-second Amendment limits the President to two terms
  • 1952: Dwight Eisenhower elected President
  • 1953: Industries agree on guaranteed annual wage
  • 1954
    • Brown v. Board of Education, Supreme Court strikes down "separate but equal."
    • Vietnam divided
  • 1955: Montgomery Bus Boycott, emergence of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1957
    • Sputnik
    • Eisenhower Doctrine
    • Little rock Crisis
    • Civil Rights Act
  • 1958
    • First U. S. satellite and ICBM
    • NASA
    • U. S. occupies Lebanon
  • 1960
    • U-2 shot down over Russia
    • Soviet and Chinese split
    • John F. Kennedy elected President
    • non-violent protests against segregation

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Aboukhadijeh, Feross. "1940-1960" StudyNotes.org. Study Notes, LLC., 17 Nov. 2012. Web. 19 May. 2019. <https://www.apstudynotes.org/us-history/timelines/1940-1960/>.
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