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Oct. 24, 1922 Mussolini appointed Premier by King Victor Emmanuel III Jan. 20, 1942 Nazis coordinate "Final Solution" efforts at Wannsee Conference
Mar. 23, 1933 Enabling Act passed by Reichstag; Hitler assumes dictatoral power. June 4, 1942 Japanese Navy resoundingly defeated at Battle of Midway
Oct. 25, 1936 Rome-Berlin "Axis" alliance formed. Nov. 8, 1942 Allied invasion of North Africa begins in "Operation Torch"
Sept. 1, 1939 Britain and France declare war on Germany Apr. 19, 1943 S.S. begins "liquidation" of the Warsaw ghetto
June 14, 1940 Nazis Take Paris May 13, 1943 Remaining Axis troops in North Africa surrender to Allies
July 10, 1940 Battle of Britain Begins Nov. 29, 1943 "Big Three" of Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill meet at Tehran
Sept. 27, 1940 Tripartite alliance formed between Germany, Italy and Japan June 6, 1944 D-Day: invasion of Europe begins with Allied landings at Normandy
Dec. 9-10, 1940 British counter-attack begins against Italian Army in North Africa June 19, 1944 "Marianas Turkey Shoot" results in destruction of over 200 Japanese Aircraft
Mar. 11, 1941 Lend-Lease Act signed by Roosevelt Oct. 2, 1944 Allies advance into Germany
June 22, 1941 Hitler launches operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union Oct. 23, 1944 U.S. naval forces destroy remnants of Japanese Navy at the Battle of Leyete Gulf, largest naval engagement in history
July 31, 1941 Planning begins for "Final Solution" Dec. 16, 1944 German Army launches "Battle of the Bulge" offensive on the Western Front
Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack naval base at Pearl Harbor Feb. 19, 1945 American forces land on Iwo Jima
Dec. 8, 1941 Roosevelt gives "Day of Infamy" speech; U.S. and Britain declare war on Japan May 8, 1945 Victory in Europe Day
Dec. 11, 1941 Germany Declares war on the United States Aug. 6, 1945 First Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima
Jan. 1942 Mass Gassing of Jews begins at Auschwitz Aug. 15, 1945 Victory over Japan Day
Sept. 2, 1945 Japanese delegation signs instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay