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12 Sep 1911

United States
  • Haiqi departed New York, New York, United States with US Navy officer George Cooper on board, arriving in Washington DC, United States later on this date. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
13 Sep 1911

United States
  • Haiqi departed Washington DC, United States for Boston, Massachusetts, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Dec 1912

United States
  • Henry Arnold was transferred to the Aeronautical Division of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer of the US Army in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 May 1917

United States
  • Henry Arnold began a period of various staff positions in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
13 Oct 1917

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt met with US President Woodrow Wilson at 2300 hours in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
9 Jul 1918

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt departed Washington Naval Shipyard in Washington DC, United States aboard USS Dyer. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Aug 1918

United States
  • George Brett was attached to the Director of Military Aeronautics of the US Army in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Sep 1918

United States
  • George Brett stepped down as the Director of Military Aeronautics of the US Army in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
19 Jan 1920

United States
  • The United States Senate voted against joining the League of Nations. ww2dbase [CPC]
8 Mar 1922

Photo(s) dated 8 Mar 1922
RAdm David Taylor, RAdm William Moffett, Congressman Frederick Hicks, Congressman Clark Burdick, Congressman Philip Swing, and RAdm John Robison with models of Lexington-class carrier conversion, Navy Department, Washington DC, United States, 8 Mar 1922
1 Oct 1925

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort reported to the Chief of Naval Operations office in Washington DC, United States for his new assignment in the cryptanalysis section. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Feb 1926

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and would soon take over the cryptanalysis section of the US Navy in Washington DC, United States as the previous commanding officer received sea duty. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Jun 1927

Photo(s) dated 11 Jun 1927
Memphis at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, United States, with Charles Lindbergh on board, upon his return from Europe after his pioneering trans-Atlantic flight, 11 Jun 1927Charles Lindbergh prepared to disembark from Memphis at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, United States upon his return from Europe after his pioneering trans-Atlantic flight, 11 Jun 1927
10 Jan 1929

United States
  • P2Y aircraft took its first flight, piloted by Lieutenant A. W. Gorton out of Naval Air Station Anacostia in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 Jul 1929

Photo(s) dated 25 Jul 1929
Frank Kellogg and Henry Stimson at the State, War, and Navy Building, Washington DC, United States, 25 Jul 1929
3 Mar 1931

United States
  • The US Congress formally adopted "The Star Spangled Banner" as the US national anthem. ww2dbase [AC]
17 Jun 1932

United States
  • About 1,000 American WW1 veterans, dubbed the "Bonus Army", gathered before the Capitol building in Washington DC, United States as the US Senate considered a bill that would give them certain benefits. ww2dbase [CPC]
28 Jul 1932

United States
  • Major George Patton commanded six battle tanks in the policing operation to disperse demonstrating WW1 veterans in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • During the Bonus Army march in Washington DC, United States, President Herbert Hoover ordered US Army Chief of Staff General Douglas MacArthur to bring in troops to "surround the affected area and clear it without delay". The resulting confrontation caused one death, which became a public relations disaster for the US Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Nov 1932

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort arrived at the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Jan 1933

United States
  • US Congress approved the plan for the independence of the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
25 Apr 1934

Photo(s) dated 25 Apr 1934
Franklin Roosevelt presenting Hiram Bearss and David Dixon Porter Medals of Honor, White House, Washington DC, United States, 25 Apr 1934
23 Mar 1935

United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt approved the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
3 Jun 1935

Photo(s) dated 3 Jun 1935
Naval gunners practicing the overhauling of a 7-inch gun, Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, United States, 3 Jun 1935
8 Jun 1935

Photo(s) dated 8 Jun 1935
Sailors in coppersmith class, Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, United States, 8 Jun 1935
14 Aug 1935

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law at 1530 hours, which aimed to provide protection against poverty related to old age, unemployment, and disability. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Dec 1935

United States
  • Chief of Staff General Malin Craig summoned Henry Arnold to Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 Feb 1937

Photo(s) dated 8 Feb 1937
President of Boy Scouts of America Walter Head, US President Franklin Roosevelt, and Chief Scout Executive James West at the Oval Office, White House, Washington DC, United States, 8 Feb 1937
8 Jun 1937

United States
  • Major General Ben H. Fuller, who had been the 15th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, passed away in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
18 Oct 1938

United States
  • Germany recalled its ambassador in Washington DC, United States ww2dbase [CPC]
21 Sep 1939

United States
  • President Franklin Roosevelt told the US Congress that the United States should relax its neutrality laws to enable its arms manufacturers to sell to belligerent countries. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
19 Jan 1940

United States
  • Senator William Borah, leader of the isolationists in the United States, died suddenly of cerebral hemorrhage in Washington DC. ww2dbase [AC]
10 Feb 1940

United States
  • In Washington DC, United States, President Franklin Roosevelt confronted a booing demonstration of 4,446 members of the American Youth Congress who had marched up Constitutional Avenue with banners condemning the prospect of the US being drawn into an imperialistic war. Angrily he told the demonstrators that American sympathy is overwhelmingly in support of Finnish efforts to stave off invasion, and warned them not to pass resolutions on subjects of which they have no complete knowledge. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
29 Apr 1940

United States
  • The US Department of State ended its investigation on the 5 Sep 1939 incident during which British personnel forcefully boarded Filipino Don Isidro at Port Said, Egypt and removed German engineers. Although the Americans did not receive a satisfactory explanation from the British, they assumed that "similar instances will not be permitted to occur in the future." ww2dbase [CPC]
5 Jun 1940

United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt ordered US Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Harold Stark to prepare a US Marine Corps brigade for future deployment to Iceland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
29 Jun 1940

United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt departed Washington DC, United States aboard the yacht Potomac; the ship was accompanied by auxiliary vessel Cuyahoga. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Jun 1940

United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt returned to Washington DC, United States after touring the Potomac River aboard the presidential yacht Potomac. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
5 Jul 1940

United States
  • Admiral James O. Richardson arrived in Washington DC, United States to meet with US President Franklin Roosevelt, officials from the Department of the Navy, and the State Department regarding the retention of the US Fleet in Hawaiian waters. ww2dbase [CPC]
7 Jul 1940

United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt informed the US Congress that he intended to deploy a US Marine Corps brigade to Iceland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Jul 1940

United States
  • Admiral James O. Richardson concluded the conferences in Washington DC, United States regarding the rentention of the US Fleet in Hawaiian waters. ww2dbase [CPC]
19 Jul 1940

United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt departed Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, United States aboard presidential yacht Potomac, along with auxiliary vessel Cuyahoga, for a cruise in the Chesapeake Bay. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Jul 1940

United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt returned to Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, United States after a cruise in the Chesapeake Bay aboard presidential yacht Potomac. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Jul 1940

United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, and US Congress House of Representatives' Naval Affairs Committee chairman Carl Vinson departed Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, United States aboard presidential yacht Potomac for Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Jul 1940

United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt returned to Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, United States via presidential yacht Potomac. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 Oct 1940

United States
  • The United States Department of State released an announcement advising American citizens to leave the Far East and return to the US. ww2dbase [CPC]
17 Dec 1940

United States
  • President Roosevelt held a press conference in Washington DC, United States, revealing the Lend-Lease program to journalists. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 Jan 1941

United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt requested the US Congress to pass a defense budget in the size of US$10,811,000,000 for fiscal year of 1942. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
29 Jan 1941

United States
  • Secret US-British staff talks began in Washington DC, United States regarding the possible US involvement in the European War. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Feb 1941

United States
  • Wall Street lawyer and Republican Party candidate Wendell Wilkie, who Franklin Roosevelt had soundly defeated in the November 1940 US presidential election, having returned that morning from a fact-finding mission to London at his own expense, addressed a packed meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Committee at the US Senate's Caucus room. He warned the Committee that should Britain fall the United States would find itself at war in a month and advocated that every American bomber save training planes should be sent to Britain post-haste together with five or ten destroyers a month. ww2dbase [AC]
14 Feb 1941

United States
  • Kichisaburo Nomura presented his credentials to Franklin Roosevelt at the White House, Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Feb 1941
Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura arriving at the White House with his credentials, Washington DC, United States, 14 Feb 1941
11 Mar 1941

United States
  • US President Roosevelt signed the Lend Lease Act into law, which allowed Allied nations to purchase weapons and other supplies from the United States on credit. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
27 Mar 1941

United States
  • American and British representatives met at Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Mar 1941

United States
  • At a conference in Washington DC, United States, the US and the United Kingdom agreed on military coordination in the event of US entry into the war. In accordance to another agreement made in the conference, the Americans seized 2 German, 26 Italian, and 35 Danish ships in US ports; 850 Italian and 63 German officers and men were imprisoned. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
29 May 1941

Photo(s) dated 29 May 1941
Morris Sheppard, George Lynch, and A. B. Chandler inspecting Johnson M1941 rifles, Washington, DC, United States, 29 May 1940
17 Jul 1941

United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull met with Japanese Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura in Washington DC, United States in an attempt to open negotiations bewteen the two countries regarding peace in the Pacific region. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Jul 1941

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt asked the United States Congress to modify the Selective Service Act, increasing the period of service from one year of active service to also include 30 months in reserve. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Jul 1941

United States
  • In Washington DC, United States, Senator Wendell Willkie (the defeated Republican candidate at the 1940 Presidential election) urged America to give unlimited aid to Britain. ww2dbase [AC]
12 Aug 1941

United States
  • The United States Congress passed a modification to the Selective Service Act, which extended the service period of draftees as requested by Franklin Roosevelt, by a single vote. ww2dbase [CPC]
17 Aug 1941

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt arrived in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Nov 1941

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt had dinner with Princess Märtha of Sweden (Crown Princess of Norway) at the White House in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
9 Nov 1941

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt had dinner with Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Nov 1941

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt ordered protection for dams, power plants, and other important infrastructure sites. In the evening, he had dinner with Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Nov 1941

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt had lunch with Princess Märtha of Sweden (Crown Princess of Norway) at the White House in Washington DC, United States, followed by a private showing of the film Dumbo. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
17 Nov 1941

United States
  • Japanese special envoy Kurusu Saburo arrived in Washington DC and met with US Secretary of State Cordell Hull. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
19 Nov 1941

United States
  • The Japanese embassy in Washington DC, United States was instructed that, should war be decided with the United States, Japanese public radio broadcast would include the code phrase "higashi no kaze ame" (“east wind rain”), with the Soviet Union "ita no kaze kumori" ("north wind cloudy"), and with the United Kingdom "nishi no kaze hare" ("west wind clear"). This clear preparation for a likely war was intercepted by the Americans. ww2dbase [CPC]
22 Nov 1941

United States
  • The Japanese embassy in Washington DC, United States was instructed that the proposal submitted by Japanese diplomats two days prior would be the final proposal. The deadline for a successful conclusion was pushed back to 29 Nov 1941, upon which date, should the proposal be rejected, the war plans would be executed. ww2dbase [CPC]
25 Nov 1941

United States
  • Henry Stimson noted in his diary that, during a cabinet meeting, Franklin Roosevelt thought Japan was likely to attack the United States in as soon as one week, and it would provide Roosevelt the reason to take the United States into the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Nov 1941

Photo(s) dated 27 Nov 1941
Japanese Ambassador Admiral Kichisaburo Nomura and Special Envoy Saburo Kurusu after meeting with US President Roosevelt, White House, Washington, DC, United States, 27 Nov 1941
6 Dec 1941

United States
  • The US Navy leadership in Washington DC, United States was warned of the burning of papers at the nearby Japanese embassy. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Jack Heyn arrived in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
7 Dec 1941

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt met with Chinese ambassador Hu Shih at the White House in Washington DC, United States, had lunch with Harry Hopkins, and at 1347 hours he was interrupted by a telephone call from Frank Knox, informing him of the Pearl Harbor attack. At 2030 hours, Roosevelt gave a briefing to a small group of Congressmen. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
8 Dec 1941

United States
  • United States Congress declared war on Japan after Franklin Roosevelt's "a date which will live in infamy" speech. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Edward Murrow and his wife Janet had dinner at the White House in Washington DC, United States with Eleanor Roosevelt. The dinner was arranged prior to the Japanese attack, and Murrow had expected the invitation to be canceled, but surprisingly Franklin Roosevelt insisted that the plans be kept; although Roosevelt was too busy to join them at the meal, he would make sure to meet with Murrow for some time late in the evening. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Dec 1941
United States Capitol building, 8 Dec 1941
10 Dec 1941

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt tore up a letter he drafted for Winston Churchill intending to delay Churchill's request for a conference as he heard news of the Japanese sinking of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse off Malaya and realized the urgency of having to plan for a campaign against the Japanese. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Dec 1941

United States
  • Churchill and Roosevelt met at the White House, Washington DC during the First Washington Conference (Arcadia). ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
31 Dec 1941

United States
  • At the Arcadia Conference in Washington DC, United States, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt agreed on a "Germany First" strategy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Jan 1942

United States
  • British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Franklin Roosevelt, Soviet Ambassador Maxim Litvinov, and Chinese Ambassador Song Ziwen (also known as T. V. Soong) signed the Declaration by United Nations during the Arcadia Conference in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Jan 1942
Walter Nash, Lord Halifax, Song Ziwen, Alexander Loudon, and Manuel Quezon with Franklin Roosevelt, Washington DC, United States, 1 Jan 1942
23 Jan 1942

United States
  • In Washington, DC, United States, George Marshall told Joseph Stilwell that Stilwell was definitely going to be sent to China. Stilwell began assembling a staff for his upcoming mission to China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Feb 1942

United States
  • In Washington DC, United States, US Congress approved the construction of the Alaska-Canadian Highway; US President Roosevelt immediately signed it. Canada agreed to this construction under the condition that the United States would bear the entire cost of construction, and that portions of the highway in Canadian territory would turn over to Canadian control after the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Mar 1942

United States
  • US President Roosevelt signed an Executive Order for the establishment of the War Relocation Authority, which led to the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Apr 1942

United States
  • In Washington DC, United States, General George Marshall and his General Staff enthusiastically accepted a plan, submitted by Dwight Eisenhower, for an immediate assault across the English Channel into Nazi-occupied France with ten divisions of British and Canadian troops; it was understood that the British and the Canadians would likely see a very high casualty rate from such an invasion. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
12 May 1942

United States
  • Naval leaders in Washington DC, United States disagreed with Joseph Rochefort's conclusion that the Japanese was planning on an attack on Midway. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 May 1942

United States
  • From Washington DC, United States, Ernest King sent Chester Nimitz a message noting that King was now in agreement with the theory that Midway Atoll was likely one of the primary targets in the upcoming Japanese offensive. Later in the day, King messaged Harold Stark in London, England, United Kingdom, ordering him to relay the explanation for the US Navy removing two carriers from the South Pacific to British liaison officers. Also on this day, the US Office of Naval Intelligence also voiced its agreement in a report to King that the Japanese Navy code name AF was likely Midway Atoll. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
21 May 1942

United States
  • George Marshall and Henry Stimson met in Washington DC, United States, concluding that there was a risk that the Japanese fleet suspected of sailing for Midway Atoll could actually be planning on conducting a major air raid against cities on the west coast of the United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 May 1942

Photo(s) dated 25 May 1942
George Welch and his parents meeting Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House, Washington DC, United States, 25 May 1942
17 Jun 1942

United States
  • Winston Churchill and Alan Brooke arrived in Washington DC, United States to finalise the Anglo-American strategy for 1942-1943. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
20 Jun 1942

United States
  • The US Navy Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington DC, United States proposed to take over Joseph Rochefort's cryptanalytic team based in Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, which currently reported to the US Navy Office of Naval Communications. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Jun 1942

United States
  • In Washington, United States, President Franklin Roosevelt handed a telegram to Winston Churchill without comment. It announced that the 33,000-man garrison in Tobruk, Libya had surrendered. The American President immediately offered to send, by the fastest American ships, 300 new Sherman tanks and a hundred self-propelled guns to Egypt. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
25 Jun 1942

United States
  • At the conclusion of the Second Washington Conference, Roosevelt and Churchill decided to combine the atomic bomb research efforts of US and UK, among other topics of discussion. As Tobruk in North Africa fell under Axis control, Churchill headed back to Britain, pondering a shift in command in North Africa in order for him to maintain his political power in London. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Jun 1942

Photo(s) dated 27 Jun 1942
Henry Arnold awarding Doolittle Raider Captain Travis Hoover at Bolling Field, Washington DC, United States, 27 Jun 1942
8 Jul 1942

United States
  • The eight German saboteurs captured in the United States during the past several weeks were placed on trial before a special military commission at the Department of Justice in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
21 Jul 1942

United States
  • William Leahy officially took his position as US President Franklin Roosevelt's chief of staff. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Jul 1942

United States
  • The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in Washington DC, United States, fearful that the completion of the Japanese airfield on Guadacanal in the Solomon Islands might signal a renewed enemy advance in the South Pacific that could threaten US aid to New Zealand and Australia, agreed to Marine deployments to secure the lines of communication (Operation Watchtower). ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
4 Aug 1942

United States
  • At the Department of Justice Building in Washington DC, United States, a special military commission sentenced the 8 German saboteurs captured during the failed Operation Pastorius to death by electric chair, including George Dasch, the defector who contributed to the capture of the 7 others. ww2dbase [CPC]
8 Aug 1942

United States
  • Six of the eight captured Nazi German saboteurs were executed in Washington DC, United States. The other two, George Dasch and Ernst Burger, were granted special treatment (30 years imprisonment and life imprisonment, respectively) by US President Franklin Roosevelt for their earlier cooperation that led to the capture of the other six. ww2dbase [TH, CPC]
4 Nov 1942

United States
  • The United States Congress officially approved the award of a Medal of Honor to aviator Harl Pease. ww2dbase [CPC]
16 Nov 1942

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort was transferred to the US Navy Office of the Chief of Naval Operations based in Washington DC, United States. Later in the day, he wrote a personal letter to his former subordinates in Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, noting that his relief was the result of politics, and asking them to be loyal to his successor William Goggins, who was not part of the bureaucratic in-fighting. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Jan 1943

United States
  • Chinese Ambassador Wei Daoming and US Secretary of State Cordell Hull signed the Treaty for Relinquishment of Extraterritorial Rights in China in Washington DC, United States. Through this treaty, the Americans gave up territorial claims in China and gave up the American portion of the Boxer Protocol. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Jan 1943
Chinese Ambassador Wei Daoming and US Secretary of State Cordell Hull signing the Treaty for Relinquishment of Extraterritorial Rights in China, Washington DC, United States, 11 Jan 1943
5 Feb 1943

United States
  • Major General Alexander A. Vandegrift, commanding officer of US 1st Marine Division, was decorated with the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | AC]
28 Feb 1943

United States
  • Henry Arnold suffered his first heart attack and was hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC, United States for several days. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Mar 1943

United States
  • George Kenney and Richard Sutherland arrived at Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Mar 1943

United States
  • The Pacific Military Conference began at the Munitions Building in Washington DC, United States. Henry Arnold, George Marshall, Ernest King, William Leahy, Geroge Kenney, and Richard Sutherland were among the attendees of the opening meeting. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
12 Mar 1943

United States
  • Richard Sutherland presented the Elkton II plan for operations in the Pacific to the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States. The plan was treated coldly by the JCS, as it did not wish to devote additional resources to the Pacific theater of war. ww2dbase [CPC]
13 Mar 1943

United States
  • Richard Sutherland once again presented the Elkton II plan for operations in the Pacific to the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States. The plan continued to be treated coldly by the JCS, as it did not wish to devote additional resources to the Pacific theater of war. ww2dbase [CPC]
14 Mar 1943

United States
  • George Kenney had lunch with publishers Henry and Clare Boothe Luce in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Mar 1943

United States
  • George Kenney had dinner with Arde Bulova, chairman of the watch making firm bearing his family name, in Washington DC, United States. Kenney convinced Bulova to donate 100 gold watches to award outstanding aircraft crew chiefs, who did not qualify for medals. Bulova would also give Kenney a watch of his own, with inscription "To Buccaneer, as a token of my admiration and respect, Arde Bulova". ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Mar 1943

United States
  • George Kenney and Richard Sutherland met with Franklin Roosevelt at the White House in Washington DC, United States. Later on the same day, Roosevelt called in Kenney for a second meeting, during which Kenney successfully lobbied for additional aircraft to be assigned to the USAAF in Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
25 Mar 1943

United States
  • George Kenney attended the posthumous Medal of Honor award ceremony for Brigadier General Kenneth Walker at the White House in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
28 Mar 1943

United States
  • Richard Sutherland once again presented the Elkton II plan for operations in the Pacific to the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States, this time without any mention of plans to invade the Japanese stronghold at Rabaul, New Britain. The JCS finally gave Sutherland permission to proceed with the plan. ww2dbase [CPC]
29 Apr 1943

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell and Claire Chennault arrived in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 May 1943

United States
  • Henry Arnold suffered his second heart attck and was hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC, United States for several days. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 May 1943

United States
  • Winston Churchill arrived in Washington DC, United States for the Trident Conference scheduled to start on the next day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 May 1943

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived in Washington DC, United States to attend the Trident Conference. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 May 1943

United States
  • Henry Arnold was released by Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 May 1943

Photo(s) dated 24 May 1943
Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and others at the White House during Trident Conference, Washington DC, United States, 24 May 1943
7 Jul 1943

United States
  • General Henri Giraud arrived in Washington DC, United States for conferences with President Franklin Roosevelt. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
30 Dec 1943

Photo(s) dated 30 Dec 1943
John Basilone and Carolyn Orehovic at the 400 Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, Washington DC, United States, 30 Dec 1943
1 Jan 1944

United States
  • Dwight Eisenhower arrived in Washington DC, United States where he and his wife would take a brief break from the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
16 Jan 1944

United States
  • US Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Jr. and Treasury official Randolph Paul delivered the "Report to the Secretary on the Acquiescence of this Government in the Murder of the Jews" to President Franklin Roosevelt. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 Feb 1944

Photo(s) dated 8 Feb 1944
Franklin Roosevelt with USMC pilot Kenneth Walsh at the White House, Washington DC, United States, 8 Feb 1944; note Adm Ernest King, LtGen Alexander Vandegrift, Asst Secretary of Navy Ralph Bard, and Mrs Walsh
11 Mar 1944

United States
  • The British ambassador in Washington DC, United States voiced the opinion that revealing the Holocaust to the German people would not be an effective propaganda tool against the German leadership. ww2dbase [CPC]
28 Mar 1944

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort testified before a Pearl Harbor raid investigation board in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Apr 1944

United States
  • The US Twentieth Air Force was established in Washington DC, United States for deployment to India with forward bases in China. ww2dbase [AC]
17 Apr 1944

United States
  • A Constellation aircraft piloted by Howard Hughes and Jack Frye flew from Burbank, California, United States to Washington DC, United States in 6 hours and 57 minutes, breaking the record. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
19 Apr 1944

United States
  • Ernest King met with Joseph Rochefort in Washington DC, United States and gave him the command of the Far Eastern Section of the US Navy Office of Naval Intelligence. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
7 May 1944

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt arrived in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Jul 1944

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt met with Charles de Gaulle in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
7 Jul 1944

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt had dinner with Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd, Ana Roosevelt Boettiger, and John Boettiger in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
9 Aug 1944

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt assigned Patrick Hurley to as an intermediary between Chiang Kaishek and Joseph Stilwell. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Aug 1944

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt rejected Chiang Kaishek's counteroffer of 23 Jul 1944 regarding the American wish for Chiang to include communists in the war against Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
31 Aug 1944

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt departed Washington DC, United States by train. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Oct 1944

United States
  • Patrick Hurley recommended Franklin Roosevelt to remove Joseph Stilwell from China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Nov 1944

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt departed Washington DC, United States for Warm Springs, Georgia, United States by train. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
12 Jan 1945

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt departed Washington DC, United States for Hyde Park, New York, United States by train; Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd accompanied him on this journey. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
3 Mar 1945

Photo(s) dated 3 Mar 1945
Lieutenant General Alexander Patch awarding the Legion of Merit to Brigaier General Charles Palmer, Washington DC, United States, 3 Mar 1945
12 Apr 1945

Photo(s) dated 12 Apr 1945
Harry Truman being sworn in as the President of the United States, White House, Washington DC, United States, 12 Apr 1945
6 May 1945

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort was requested to report on the situation of Japanese war materials by the office of Admiral Ernest King. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
12 May 1945

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort reported to Admiral Ernest King's office on the situation of Japanese war materials, noting, among other things, that Japan had nearly depleted its supply of coal while aluminum and oil stockpiles were running low. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 May 1945

United States
  • William Donovan met with the new US President Harry Truman at the White House in Washington DC, United States. Truman only granted him 15 minutes as he did not value the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
6 Jun 1945

Photo(s) dated 6 Jun 1945
General Anthony McAuliffe unveiling the German surrender document in the rotunda of the National Archives Building, Washington DC, United States, 6 Jun 1945
10 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 10 Jul 1945
Portrait of Admiral William Halsey, 10 Jul 1945; photo probably taken at Navy Department building, Washington DC, United States
19 Jul 1945

United States
  • The United States Congress ratified the Bretton Woods system of monetary management, which led to the establishment of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). ww2dbase [CPC]
20 Jul 1945

United States
  • The US Congress ratified the Bretton Woods monetary agreement. ww2dbase [CPC]
10 Aug 1945

Photo(s) dated 10 Aug 1945
Henry Stimson at the White House, Washington DC, United States, 10 Aug 1945, photo 1 of 2US President Harry Truman with his cabinet, White House, Washington DC, United States, 10 Aug 1945, photo 1 of 5US President Harry Truman with his cabinet, White House, Washington DC, United States, 10 Aug 1945, photo 2 of 5US President Harry Truman with his cabinet, White House, Washington DC, United States, 10 Aug 1945, photo 3 of 5
See all photos dated 10 Aug 1945
14 Aug 1945

Photo(s) dated 14 Aug 1945
Harry Truman announcing Japan
19 Aug 1945

United States
  • US Secretary of State James Byrnes declared that Thailand was "not an enemy but as a country to be liberated from the enemy", in response to Regent Pridi Phanomyong's declaration that Thailand's participation in WW2 was unconstitutional. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Aug 1945

Photo(s) dated 23 Aug 1945
James Forrestal, Henry Stimson, George Marshall, William Leahy, Henry Arnold, and others at a Medal of Honor presentation ceremony, White House, Washington DC, United States, 23 Aug 1945
24 Aug 1945

United States
  • During a press conference in Washingon DC, United States, Charles de Gaulle declared that "France means to recover its sovereignty over Indochina" despite Emperor Bao Dai's warning of Vietnamese anti-French fervor. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
29 Aug 1945

United States
  • US President Harry Truman released the reports of the US Army and Navy Boards of Inquiry into the Pearl Harbor disaster. The Army Board placed blame primarily on the failure of Lieutenant General Walter Short for failing to alert his command. The US War Department also came in for criticism (for failing to keep the president's office informed of developments in negotiations between Japan and the United States) as does Secretary of State Cordell Hull (for delivering America's counter proposals on 26 Nov 1941, thereby preventing time for war preparations). The Navy Board's report blamed Admiral Husband Kimmel for not rotating the in-port periods of US warships in a less routine manner. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
15 Sep 1945

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort requested sea duty, listing service aboard a cruiser as his preference. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 Sep 1945

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort's request for transfer to sea duty was accepted; he was ordered to be detached from the US Navy Office of Naval Operations on 1 Oct 1945. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Oct 1945

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort was officially detached from the US Navy Office of Naval Operations in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
5 Oct 1945

United States
  • A parade was held in Washington DC, United States in honor of Chester Nimitz. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Oct 1945
Harry Truman awarding the Medal of Honor to Major Louis H. Wilson, Jr., USMC on the lawn of the White House, Washington DC, United States, 5 Oct 1945
1 Nov 1945

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell was attached to the War Equipment Board in Washington, DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
29 Nov 1945

United States
  • Joseph Redman gave Joseph Rochefort a good fitness report, recommending Rochefort for promotion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Dec 1945

United States
  • The command of the United States Coast Guard was transferred under the US Treasury Department. ww2dbase [CPC]
19 Jan 1946

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell stepped down from his position at the War Equipment Board in Washington, DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Jan 1946

Photo(s) dated 23 Jan 1946
President Harry Truman congratulating Lieutenant Donald Gary after Gary received the Medal of Honor, the White House, Washington, DC, United States, 23 Jan 1946
24 Jun 1946

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort, not getting the sea command that he wanted, requested retirement. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
9 Jul 1946

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort's request for retirement was approved by the US Navy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
16 Jul 1946

Photo(s) dated 16 Jul 1946
President Harry Truman with Vice-Admiral Marc Mitscher, White House, Washington DC, United States, 16 Jul 1946
1 Aug 1946

Photo(s) dated 1 Aug 1946
Harry Truman signing the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, White House, Washington DC, United States, 1 Aug 1946
1 Jan 1947

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort retired from the US Navy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 May 1948

Photo(s) dated 14 May 1948
US President Harry Truman with Lou Holland and children of Youth Safety Club of Kansas City in the Oval Office, White House, Washington DC, United States, 14 May 1948
17 Aug 1948

United States
  • Chinese Ambassador to the United States V. K. "Wellington" Koo met with US Secretary of State George Marshall, urging him to accelerate the schedule for the delivery of military aid to Chinese Nationalists in the war against the Communists. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
29 Sep 1948

United States
  • Vi Kyuin "Wellington" Koo received a cable from US President Harry Truman expressing US support for China, which had just suffered a major defeat at the hands of the communists during the Chinese Civil War. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Nov 1948

United States
  • Vi Kyuin "Wellington" Koo met with US Secretary of State Robert Lovett, seeking direct military aid for the Chinese Nationalists in the Chinese Civil War. Lovett rejected Koo's request. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Feb 1950

Photo(s) dated 27 Feb 1950
Construction equipment outside the White House during major renovation, Washington DC, United States, 27 Feb 1950
7 Sep 1950

Photo(s) dated 7 Sep 1950
US President Harry Truman arriving at Marine Corps League Convention to apologize for calling USMC US President Harry Truman arriving at Marine Corps League Convention to apologize for calling USMC
16 Oct 1950

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort was reactivated by the US Navy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Oct 1950

Photo(s) dated 18 Oct 1950
US President Truman with Averell Harriman, George Marshall, Dean Acheson, John Snyder, Frank Pace, Jr., and Omar Bradley, Washington DC, United States, 18 Oct 1950
16 Dec 1950

Photo(s) dated 16 Dec 1950
US President Harry Truman signing the proclamation declaring a national emergency, White House, Washington DC, United States, 16 Dec 1950
19 Apr 1951

United States
  • Douglas MacArthur addressed the US Congress, noting that Japan had undergone "the greatest reformation recorded in modern history". ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 May 1951

Photo(s) dated 8 May 1951
Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion presenting US President Harry Truman with a Menorah, White House, Washington DC, United States, 8 May 1951; Israeli Ambassador to US Abba Eban also present
27 Mar 1952

Photo(s) dated 27 Mar 1952
US President Harry Truman and First Lady Bess Truman returning to the White House after major renovation, Washington DC, United States, 1820 hours, 27 Mar 1952
12 Aug 1952

Photo(s) dated 12 Aug 1952
US President Harry Truman, presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, and vice presidential candidate John Sparkman at the White House, Washington DC, United States, 12 Aug 1952
18 Nov 1952

Photo(s) dated 18 Nov 1952
US President-elect Dwight Eisenhower speaking to reporters, White House, Washington DC, United States, 18 Nov 1952
12 Jan 1954

Photo(s) dated 12 Jan 1954
US President Dwight Eisenhower with Medal of Honor recipients Edward Schowalter, Jr., Ernest West, and William Charette, White House, Washington DC, United States, 12 Jan 1954
1 Jun 1954

Photo(s) dated 1 Jun 1954
US President Dwight Eisenhower signing the law that officially changed the holiday Armistice Day to Veterans Day, White House, Washington DC, United States, 1 Jun 1954
30 Aug 1954

Photo(s) dated 30 Aug 1954
US President Dwight Eisenhower signing the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, White House, Washington DC, United States, 30 Aug 1954
29 Feb 1956

Photo(s) dated 29 Feb 1956
US President Dwight Eisenhower at the White House, Washington DC, United States, 29 Feb 1956
14 Aug 1956

Photo(s) dated 14 Aug 1956
US President Dwight Eisenhower and US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, White House, Washington DC, United States, 14 Aug 1956
8 Feb 1959

United States
  • William Donovan passed away at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
22 Jul 1959

United States
  • The viewing of William Leahy's remains began at the Bethlehem Chapel at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Jul 1959

United States
  • The view of William Leahy's body at the Bethlehem Chapel at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, United States ended at 1200 hours. A Special Military Funeral for him was given at 1400 hours at the cathedral. Later in the afternoon, he was buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, United States. Chester Nimitz, Thomas Hart, Charles Snyder, Louis Denfield, Arthur Radford, Edward Cochrane, Henry Williams, Jerauld Wright, Robert Dennison, Joseph Wellings, and William Hassett served as pallbearers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Aug 1959

United States
  • Daniel Inouye became a representative in the United States Congress for the state of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Oct 1960

Photo(s) dated 11 Oct 1960
US President Dwight Eisenhower receiving members of the People to People sports committee at the White House Rose Garden, Washington DC, United States, 11 Oct 1960
31 Aug 1961

Photo(s) dated 31 Aug 1961
US President John Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon Johnson at the South Lawn of the White House, Washington DC, United States, 31 Aug 1961
3 Jan 1963

United States
  • Daniel Inouye became a senator in the United States Congress for the state of Hawaii, vacating his post with the House of Representatives of the Congress. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Aug 1963

Photo(s) dated 1 Aug 1963
Burke shaking hands of Admiral George W. Anderson, Jr. and Admiral David L. McDonald as the latter relieved the former as Chief of Naval Operations, Washington Navy Yard, DC, United States, 1 Aug 1963
5 Apr 1964

United States
  • Douglas MacArthur passed away at the Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington DC, United States of biliary cirrhosis. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
9 Apr 1964

United States
  • The rotunda of the Capitol building in Washington DC, United States, where Douglas MacArthur's body laid in state, was closed to the public at 1230 hours; by that time, about 150,000 people had passed by the bier. MacArthur's body was escorted to a ceremony at the Washington National Airport, then he was brought to Norfolk, Virginia, United States via aircraft. At 1800 hours that day, his body was once again placed on a bier for public visit. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 Jul 1965

Photo(s) dated 8 Jul 1965
Omar Bradley at the White House Cabinet Room, Washington DC, United States, 8 Jul 1965Henry Cabot Lodge, Dean Acheson, Omar Bradley, and Lyndon Johnson, White House Dining Room, Washington DC, United States, 8 Jul 1965
2 Jul 1968

Photo(s) dated 2 Jul 1968
US President Lyndon B. Johnson speaking to Omar Bradley, White House, Washington DC, United States, 2 Jul 1968, photo 1 of 2US President Lyndon B. Johnson speaking to Omar Bradley, White House, Washington DC, United States, 2 Jul 1968, photo 2 of 2
28 Mar 1969

United States
  • Dwight Eisenhower passed away from congestive heart failure at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 Oct 1975

Photo(s) dated 2 Oct 1975
Empress Kojun, First Lady Betty Ford, Emperor Showa, and President Gerald Ford walking toward the East Room of the White House, Washington DC, US, 2 Oct 1975, photo 2 of 2Empress Kojun, First Lady Betty Ford, Emperor Showa, and President Gerald Ford walking toward the East Room of the White House, Washington DC, US, 2 Oct 1975, photo 1 of 2US President Gerald Ford shaking hands with baseball player Gerald Ford at the White House, Washington DC, United States, 2 Oct 1975; note Emperor Showa and Betty Ford (partially hidden) also present
10 Jan 1977

Photo(s) dated 10 Jan 1977
Burke receiving the Medal of Freedom from US President Gerald Ford, the White House, Washington, DC, United States, 10 Jan 1977
19 Jan 1977

United States
  • Iva Toguri D'Aquino was pardoned by Gerald Ford on Ford's final day in office as the US President. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 May 1986

United States
  • US President Ronald Reagan, Vice President George Bush, and other high level officials posthumously awarded Joseph Rochefort the Distinguished Service Medal at the White House in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
31 Oct 1996

United States
  • US President Bill Clinton signed an executive order which passed the jurisdiction and control of Midway Atoll to the Fish and Wildlife Service of the US Department of the Interior. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Aug 2001

United States
  • The construction work on the World War II Memorial in Washington DC, United States began. ww2dbase [CPC]
1 Jul 2009

Photo(s) dated 1 Jul 2009
US President Obama signing a bill that would award to a Congressional Gold Medal to WASPs, White House, Washington DC, United States, 1 Jul 2009
28 Jun 2010

United States
  • Daniel Inouye was named the President pro tempore of the United States Senate. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Dec 2012

United States
  • Daniel Inouye was admitted into the George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Dec 2012

United States
  • Daniel Inouye was transferred from the George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC, United States to nearby Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Dec 2012

United States
  • Daniel Inouye passed away from respiratory problems at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Dec 2012

United States
  • Daniel Inouye's body lay in state at the United States Capitol rotunda in Washington DC, United States for public mourning. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Dec 2012

United States
  • Daniel Inouye's funeral service was held at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC, United States; US President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, congressman John Boehner, and former President Bill Clinton spoke at the funeral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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