December 7, 1941 – Pearl Harbor bombed

December 7, 1941 – Pearl Harbor bombed

On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, American neutrality in World War II ends when Japanese forces conduct a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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November 20, 1945 – Nuremberg Trials begin

November 20, 1945 – Nuremberg Trials begin

This day marks the start of the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, during which 24 high-ranking Nazis are held accountable for atrocities perpetrated during World War II.

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August 19, 1934 – Hitler is elected president of Germany

August 19, 1934 – Hitler is elected president of Germany

On this day in 1934, Adolf Hitler, already chancellor, is also elected president of Germany in an unprecedented consolidation of power in the short history of the republic

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August 7, 1942 – Volkswagen halts production during World War II

August 7, 1942 – Volkswagen halts production during World War II

On this day in 1944, under the threat of Allied bombing during World War II, the German car manufacturer Volkswagen halts production of the “Beetle,” as its small, insect-shaped automobile was dubbed in the international press.

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