History of the 1940s

The 1940s were dominated by a World War, but many other momentous events also occurred. See how many you can name.
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Year
Incident
Answer
1940
This Marxist revolutionary is assassinated
Leon Trotsky
1940
Germany begins to wage this air battle over England
Battle of Britain
1941
Japan's first salvo upon the United States takes place in this state
Hawaii
1941
A major siege begins in this Russian city
Leningrad
1942
America's attempt to develop an atomic bomb is given this codename
Manhattan Project
1942
This Hollywood actress dies in a plane crash following a war bond rally
Carole Lombard
1943
A Saturday Evening Post cover girl gains this nickname
Rosie the Riveter
1943
This groundbreaking musical becomes Broadway's biggest hit to date
Oklahoma!
1944
The eruption of this volcano kills 26 people in Italy
Mount Vesuvius
1944
The D-Day invasion takes place in this region of France
Normandy
1945
This regional alliance of African and Asian nations is formed
Arab League
1945
A plane of this name drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima
Enola Gay
1946
The first meeting of this transnational organisation is held
United Nations
1946
This politician is elected President of Argentina
Juan PerĂ³n
1947
A memoir by this war victim is first published
Anne Frank
1947
Christian Dior debuts this new postwar form of fashion
The New Look
1948
This sporting event is held for the first time since the beginning of WWII
Olympic Games
1948
This Indian political figure is assassinated
Mahatma Gandhi
1949
This dystopian novel is published
1984
1949
A large sovereign state in Asia is officially given this name
People's Republic of China
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Level 37
Jan 19, 2016
First comment!!! Nice quiz. Got all of them first try. My great grandpa served in WWII in Burma, China. was held as a prisoner, then escaped back to India.
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Level 45
Sep 15, 2016
Hawaii wasn't a state when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
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Level 37
Oct 28, 2016
And you probably were not yet born. That make you any less relevant today?
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Level 45
May 28, 2020
It means that saying "...took place in this territory." would better describe it.
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Level 21
Apr 21, 2019
Quite correct