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Entrance to the main camp of Auschwitz. The gate bears the motto “Work Makes One Free”.

1940

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Jean Carlu, 1941

1941

  • Atlantic Charter
  • Babi Yar Massacre
  • Captain America Comic First Appears
  • Cheerios First Introduced
  • Enigma Cryptography Machine Captured
  • German Battleship Bismarck Sinks HMS Hood
  • Ho Chi Minh Founds the Communist Viet Minh in Vietnam
  • Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor
  • Jeep Invented
  • Joe DiMaggio Begins His 56-Game Hitting Streak
  • Lend-Lease Act Passed
  • M&Ms Created
  • Mount Rushmore Completed
  • Nazi Rudolf Hess Flies to Britain on a Peace Mission
  • Nazis Begin Killing Adults and Children With Mental and Physical Disabilities as Part of Their Aktion T-4 Program
  • Operation Barbarossa
  • Siege of Leningrad

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1949

  • China Becomes Communist
  • First Non-Stop Flight Around the World
  • George Orwell Publishes Nineteen Eight-Four
  • NATO Established
  • Soviet Union Has Atomic Bomb