1940-1949

This page contains a timeline of major events related to the Lost Generation between 1940 and 1949, with U.S. and world events to provide context.

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  • 1940

    April 1 – The Hamlet, William Faulkner’s twelfth novel, is published

    June 22 – France surrenders to Germany

    December 21 – F. Scott Fitzgerald dies of a heart attack in Hollywood, California

  • 1941

    January 13 – James Joyce dies in Zurich, Switzerland

    January 20 – FDR sworn in for a second term

    March 8 – Sherwood Anderson dies in Colon, Panama

    March 28 – Virginia Woolf dies near Rodmell, Sussex, England

    June 22 – Germany invades the Soviet Union

    December 7 – Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbor

    December 8 – U.S. declares war on Japan

    December 11 – Germany and Italy declare war on the U.S.

  • 1942

    May 12 – Go Down, Moses, William Faulkner’s thirteenth novel, is published

  • 1943

    August 13 – Harold Edmund Stearns dies

  • 1944

    February 25 –James Boyd dies in Princeton, New Jersey

    April 4 – John Peale Bishop dies in Hyannis, Massachusetts

    June 6 – D-Day, Allied forces invade Normandy

    August 25 – Allied troops liberate Paris

  • 1945

    January 20 – FDR sworn in for a fourth term

    April 12 – FDR dies, Harry Truman sworn in as the 33rd U.S. President

    June 26 – United Nations established

    August 6 – U.S. drops first atomic bomb on Hiroshima

    August 9 – U.S. drops second atomic bomb on Nagasaki

    September 2 – Japan surrenders to the U.S.

  • 1946

    July 27 – Gertrude Stein dies in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

  • 1947

    June 17 – Maxwell Perkins dies in Stamford, Connecticut

  • 1948

    March 10 – Zelda Fitzgerald dies in Asheville, North Carolina

    September 27 – Intruder in the Dust, William Faulkner’s fourteenth novel, is published

  • 1949

    January 20 – Harry Truman sworn in for a second term

    April 4 – NATO established

  • See also: 1870s-80s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

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