Today in World War Two History
Events 1 - 100 of 117
1932-02-04 - World War II: Japan occupies Harbin, China.
1937-11-05 - World War II: Adolf Hitler holds a secret meeting and states his plans for acquiring "living space" for the German people.
1939-09-06 - World War II: The Battle of Barking Creek.
1939-10-06 - Last Polish army is defeated in World War II.
1939-11-06 - World War II: Sonderaktion Krakau
1939-12-24 - World War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.
1940-01-08 - World War II: Britain introduces food rationing.
1940-01-12 - World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.
1940-05-10 - World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent.
1940-05-14 - World War II: The Netherlands surrenders to Germany.
1940-05-27 - World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 97 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops.
1940-06-10 - World War II: Canada declares war on Italy.
1940-06-11 - World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy.
1940-06-11 - World War II: First attack of the Italian Air force on the island of Malta.
1940-06-17 - World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
1940-08-07 - Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany) during World War II
1940-10-07 - World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
1940-11-16 - World War II: In response to Germany's leveling of Coventry, England two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.
1940-11-20 - World War II: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers.
1940-12-22 - World War II: Himarë is captured by the Greek army.
1941-01-02 - World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales.
1941-01-02 - World War II: The U.S. government announces its Liberty ship program to build freighters in support of the war effort.
1941-01-10 - World War II: The Greek army captures Kleisoura.
1941-01-17 - Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-Shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II.
1941-03-02 - World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.
1941-03-04 - The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.
1941-04-17 - World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
1941-06-30 - World War II: Operation Barbarossa - Germany captures Lviv, Ukraine.
1941-07-07 - World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops.
1941-07-13 - World War II: Montenegrins start popular uprising against the Axis Powers (Trinaestojulski ustanak).
1941-09-11 - World War II: The U.S. Navy is ordered to attack German U-boats.
1941-09-17 - World War II: A decree of the Soviet State Committee of Defense, restoring Vsevobuch in the face of the Great Patriotic War, is issued
1941-12-17 - World War II: Beginning of the Siege of Sebastopol.
1941-12-20 - World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.
1942-01-13 - World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.
1942-02-20 - Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America's first World War II flying ace.
32nd US President Franklin Roosevelt 1942-02-22 - World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse
1942-03-29 - The Bombing of Lübeck in World War II was the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany and a German city.
1942-05-10 - World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign.
1942-06-23 - World War II: Germany's latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales.
1942-07-18 - World War II: the Germans test fly the Messerschmitt Me-262 using only its jet engines for the first time.
1942-07-23 - World War II: Operation Edelweiss begins.
1942-08-21 - World War II: a Nazi flag is installed atop the Mount Elbrus.
1942-08-23 - World War II: The last cavalry charge in history takes place at Izbushensky.
1942-11-12 - In World War II, battle of Guadalcanal began
1942-11-15 - World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219.
1942-12-22 - World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.
1943-02-14 - World War II: Rostov-on-Don, Russia is liberated.
1943-02-16 - World War II: The USSR reconquers Kharkov.
1943-03-14 - World War II - The Kraków Ghetto is 'liquidated'.
1943-05-17 - World War II: the Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams.
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.
1943-08-23 - World War II: Kharkov liberated.
1943-09-17 - World War II: The Russian city of Bryansk is liberated from Nazis.
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 - During World War II, Allied forces begin landing at Anzio Italy
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.
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.
1944-06-10 - 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 Battle of the Philippine Sea.
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
1944-07-25 - World War II: Operation Spring - one of the bloodiest days for Canadians during the war: 18,444 casualties, including 5,021 killed.
1944-08-23 - World War II: Marseille liberated.
1944-09-08 - World War II: London is hit by a V2 rocket for the first time.
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.
1945-01-12 - World War II: The Soviets begin a large offensive against the Nazis in Eastern Europe.
1945-01-23 - World War II: Karl Dönitz launches Operation Hannibal.
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.
1945-03-27 - 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.
1945-04-09 - World War II: The Battle of Königsberg, in East Prussia, ends.
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.
1945-05-05 - 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).
1945-05-09 - World War II: Partisans liberate Ljubljana.
1945-05-09 - World War II: Hermann Göring is captured by the United States Army.
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.
1945-07-05 - World War II: Liberation of the Philippines declared.
1945-08-15 - World War II: Korean Liberation Day.
1945-11-10 - Heavy battle in Surabaya between Indonesian nationalists and returning colonialists after World War II, celebrated as Heroes' Day (Hari Pahlawan).
1946-02-12 - World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.
Birthdays 1 - 12 of 12
1888-05-11 - Willis A. Lee, World War II U.S. naval admiral (d. 1945)
1892-04-15 - Theo Osterkamp, World War I and World War II German fighter pilot (d. 1975)
1905-07-13 - Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (d. 1990)
1908-01-16 - Günther Prien, German World War II submarine captain (d. 1941)
1912-08-30 - Nancy Wake AC GM, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent
1915-03-23 - Vasily Zaitsev, Soviet World War II hero (d. 1991)
1916-01-09 - Peter Twinn, English World War II code-breaker (d. 2004)
1918-11-18 - Tasker Watkins, Welsh World War II hero (d. 2007)
1919-12-13 - Hans-Joachim Marseille, German flying ace of World War II (d. 1942)
1920-12-24 - Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine (d. 1944)
1921-02-28 - Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
1922-07-14 - Robin Olds, American World War II and Vietnam War ace fighter pilot (d. 2007)
Weddings 1 - 2 of 2
1929-06-03 - Actor and naval officer of World War II Douglas Fairbanks Jr (19) weds actress Joan Crawford (24) at St. Malachy in New York City
1939-04-22 - Actor and naval officer of World War II Douglas Fairbanks Jr (29) weds Huntington Hartford's former wife Mary Lee Hartford
Deaths 1 - 21 of 21
1941-12-12 - Cesar Basa, Philippine Air Force and World War II hero (b. 1915)
1942-09-05 - François de Labouchère, French aviator of World War II, compagnon de la Libération. (b. 1917)
1944-04-09 - Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine (b. 1920)
1946-02-21 - José Streel, Belgian World War II collaborator (b. 1911)
1955-01-24 - Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)
1974-07-14 - Carl Spaatz, American World War II general and 1st Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, dies at 83
1978-01-22 - Oliver Leese, British World War II general (b. 1894)
1982-09-05 - Douglas Bader, RAF fighter pilot in World War II (b. 1910)
1989-11-25 - Alva R. Fitch, American World War II and Korean soldier (b. 1907)
1990-02-07 - Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (b. 1905)
2000-07-12 - Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II (b. 1908)
2003-01-22 - Bill Mauldin, American World War II cartoonist (b. 1921)
2006-03-22 - Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
2006-11-12 - General Jacob E. Smart, US Air Force leader World War II (b. 1909)
2007-01-02 - Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor and World War II researcher (b. 1924)
2007-10-11 - David Lee "Tex" Hill, World War Two fighter pilot, flying ace, 1st American Volunteer Group (b. 1915)
2008-06-16 - Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
2008-09-03 - Donald Blakeslee, American aviator, led 4th Fighter Group during World War II. (b.1918)
2009-06-17 - Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
2010-04-08 - Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)
2010-12-23 - Fred Hargesheimer, American World War II pilot (b. 1916)