The Known World
World War II
Earlier: Great Depression
 World War II
Terry and the Pirates
Auschwitz, Dachau, Belsen, Buchenwald
1939 Millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne begins fighting crime under the guise of The Batman.
1939 Sky Captain Joe Sullivan defeats the bizarre plans of Dr. Totenkopf.
1940 Winston Churchill becomes prime minister, offers blood, sweat and tears.
1940 Marshall Petain becomes head of Vichy France, Charles DeGaulle becomes leader of the Free French.
1940 The Blitz
1940 Pevensie children discover a doorway to Narnia.
1941 Kilroy was there.
1941 Death of publisher Charles Foster Kane; his last word is “rosebud.”
1941 Ilsa, She-Wolf of the S.S., becomes a camp guard at Buchenwald.
1941 Goebbels puts forth the Big Lie theory.
1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor
1941 Rick Blaine joins the French Resistance in Casablanca.
1942 Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945) becomes the puppet president of Norway.
1942 Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) retreats from Philippines, vows “I will return”.
1942 Eichmann begins carrying out the Final Solution
1942 Battle of Stalingrad turns the tide in Europe.
1942 Battle of Midway turns the tide in Pacific.
1942 Bataan Death March
1943 Bridge over the River Kwai built and destroyed.
1943 Josef Mengele becomes the Angel of Death at Auschwitz
1943 Albert Camus joins the Resistance
1943 Tokyo Rose begins propaganda broadcasts
1944 The Great Escape
1944 Anne Frank (1929-1945) is arrested along with her family after living in hiding for two years.
1944 General Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, forced to commit suicide after plotting against Hitler.
1944 Warsaw Uprising
1944 Battle of the Bulge
1944 Werner Von Braun invents the V-2.
1945 Bombing of Dresden. Billy Pilgrim becomes unstuck in time.
1945 Harry Truman becomes president.
1945 Hitler, Eva Braun said to commit suicide in bunker.
1945 Bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki
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