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Years: 1937 - 1938 - 1939 - 1940 - 1941 - 1942 - 1943 - 1944 - 1945 - 1946 - 1947
January 2 - Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is occupied by Japanese troops.
January 5 - The Polish Workers' Party (PPR) is formed in Warsaw. (Secretary Marcell Nowotko, followed by the assassination of Pawel Finder from November 28.)
January 9 - Dušan Simović is replaced by Slobodan Jovanović, who heads the Serbian emigrant government. (The Simović government will remain in office until January 13.)
January 10 - Control of Indonesia by Japan begins.
January 11 - Kuala Lumpur is occupied by the Japanese.
January 12 - The German army's action under the pseudonym "Launch" begins. (By July 1942, the German U-Boot had sunk nearly 500 ships with crew off the east coast of the United States.)
January 15 - Pan American meeting in Rio de Janeiro.
January 19 - Another Czechoslovak-Polish declaration on the creation of a common post-war state is published, but the differing foreign policy relations of the two emigrant governments, the Soviet Union's differing views, ultimately condemn the whole project to failure.
January 20 - Wannsee Conference on the Planning and Implementation of the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”.
January 22 - Soviet troops take over control of the Moscow and Tula territories, gradually displacing German forces.
February 3 - The Polish Emigration Government in London establishes the National Council and Parliament.
February 5 - Recruitment of the 1st Czechoslovak Regiment begins in the Soviet Union.
February 8 - Albert Feer, chief architect of the Führer, takes over the ministry after the death of Fritz Todt, the German army's minister of armaments and ammunition.
February 14 - The Polish Emigration Government transforms the Armed Combat Alliances (ZWZ) into the Army Krajowa.
Singapore holding Japanese hands.
1942: II. Article on the Dignity of the Deputy Governor.
February 18 - Unsuccessful radio talks begin between the Soviet Union and Josip Broz Tito over financial support for partisans.
February 19 - Parliament elects István Horthy as Deputy Governor.
March 8 - Japanese troops occupy Rangun.
March 9 - The Bárdossy government resigns in Hungary, Miklós Kállay is the new head of government.
March 25 - Deportation of Slovak Jews to death camps in Poland begins. (58,000 Jews will be deported by October 20.)
March 27 - The first train of deportees leaves France.
March 28-29 - With the British night bombing of Lübeck, Allied troops attempt a carpet bombing in a residential area of a city for the first time.
April 18 - Pierre Laval forms government in France.
May 4 - The battle of the Coral Sea battle on the Far East front, the Americans defeat the Japanese at sea.
May 12 - Soviet troops go into counterattack in the Kharkiv region.
May 15 - The Slovak parliament subsequently approves the deportation of Jews; the only voter against the Hungarian Party, János Esterházy, will vote, while several Slovak MPs will leave the Chamber at the time of the vote.
Conclusion of the Anglo-Soviet Assistance Convention.
Operation Theseus begins.