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    Tables – World Events 1940s

    1940Battle of BritainThis military campaign of the Second World War, in which the German Air Force failed to defeat the Royal Air Force defending the United Kingdom, changed the course of war.
    1941Attack on Pearl HarborThis sudden military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States marked the U.S. entry into World War II.
    1942Battle of StalingradOne of the deadliest battles in history, it marked a turning point in World War II as the German forces were defeated by the Soviet Union.
    1943Tehran ConferenceThe first World War II conference between the Big Three (Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill) where they discussed coordination of the war against Germany.
    1944Normandy Invasion (D-Day)The largest amphibious invasion in history led by Allied forces marked the beginning of the end for Germany in World War II.
    1945End of World War IITwo devastating atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by U.S. led to Japan’s surrender and ultimately the end of World War II.
    1946Nuremberg TrialsA series of military tribunals held after World War II to bring Nazi war criminals to justice.
    1947Partition of IndiaThe division of British India into two independent dominions, India and Pakistan, led to significant geopolitical change in South Asia.
    1948Establishment of IsraelThe creation of an independent Jewish state, Israel, in Palestine triggered the Arab-Israeli conflict.
    1949Chinese Communist RevolutionThe Communist Party of China, led by Mao Zedong, took control over mainland China establishing People’s Republic of China.