The United States and World War II

554 Words Feb 24th, 2018 2 Pages
However, before the U.S. entered the war, the first antibiotic penicillin was successfully used which revolutionized the medical field and WWII. Also, the U.S. Congress approved the first peacetime draft for the Army. On November 5, 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president for his third term. This was the first time in U.S. history that a president had been elected for three terms. On December 7, 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii at 7:55 a.m. 1,177 American soldiers were killed and 21 U.S. ships were damaged or destroyed. The next day the United States declared war on Japan and on December 11 war was declared on Germany and Italy. Soon after this in, February of 1942, President Roosevelt signed executive order 9066 which put all Japanese-Americans on the West Coast in relocation camps out of fear that they may be loyal to Japan. In June of 1942, President Roosevelt and Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed an agreement to produce the first atomic bomb. On November 8, 1942 the U.S. and Great Britain invaded North Africa. Then in July of 1943, U.S. troops landed on Sicily and began the Allied invasion into Axis controlled Europe which would eventually result in the overthrowing of Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini and the surrender of Italy from World War II. The invasion of Normandy, France or D-Day occurred on June 6, 1944 where many…