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1933 January 30 - Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany. His Nazi Party, or the Third Reich, takes power and Hitler is essentially the dictator of Germany.
1939 September 1 - Germany invades Poland. World War II begins.
1940 May 10 to June 22 - Germany uses quick strikes called blitzkrieg, meaning lightning war, to take over much of western Europe including the Netherlands, Belgium, and northern France.
1941 December 7 - The Japanese attack the US Navy in Pearl Harbor. The next day the US enters World War II on the side of the Allies.
1944 June 6 - D-day and the Normandy invasion. Allied forces invade France and push back the Germans.
1944 December 16 - The Germans launch a large attack in the Battle of the Bulge. They lose to the Allies sealing the fate of the German army.
1945 February 19 - US Marines invade the island of Iwo Jima. After a fierce battle they capture the island.
1945 April 12 - US President Franklin Roosevelt dies. He is succeeded by President Harry Truman.
1945 April 30 - Adolf Hitler commits suicide as he knows Germany has lost the war.
1945 August 6 - The United States drops the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The city is devastated.
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