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Title: These Colors Won't Run. Remember Pearl Harbor. 
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World War II Timeline

  1. War World II lasted from 1939 - 1945. The United States did not enter the war immediately.

  2. The United States and Britain made a formal declaration of war against Japan on December 8, 1941 due to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii the previous day. Germany declares war on the United States on December 11, 1941.

  3. American forces arrive in England on January 26, 1942.

  4. May 7, 1945 - All German forces unconditionally surrender to the Allied Forces. The next day V-E (Victory in Europe) Day was celebrated.

  5. Aug 6, 1945 - First atomic bomb (Uranium gun-type fission), "Little Boy," is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. The second atomic bomb (Plutonium fission), "Fat Man," was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan on Aug 9, 1945. Japan agree to unconditional surrender on August 14, 1945. Japan sign a formal surrender agreement on September 2, 1945.

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