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Timeline (The Great Mistake of 1944)

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Summer 1944 - Franklin Roosevelt stands by his Vice President Henry A Wallace publicly denouncing any speculation that he might put another running mate on the ticket. Harry Truman remains a mere senator and Strom Thurmond leaves the Democratic Party in Protest. The Chicago Tribune releases the Dear Guru Letters. This backfires for the time being. Dewey is nominated by the Republican Party just like OTL


January 20th- Franklin Roosevelt is re-inaugurated as President.

February 4-11- Yalta Conference takes place between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. It plays out just like OTL

May 8th- Germany Surrenders.

May 10h- President Roosevelt dies, Wallace is inaugurated as President at midnight.

May 11th- President Henry Wallace gives a national speech via radio broadcast at 8:00 A.M. Titled "World Destiny" He emphazises on world peace and improving the life of industrial workers and farmers. Wallace received strong critizism from leaders of the States Rights/Dixiecrat Party.

July-August 2nd- President Wallace along with British Prime Minister Clement Attlee meet Stalin at the Potsdam - the Conference in Germany. Wallace and Attlee give generous concessions to Stalin. Most important is the extraction of 20% of Western German Industry and transportation to the Soviet Zone. Wallace tells Stalin of the Atomic Bomb, Stalin promises to declare war on Japan within 90 days.

August 20th- Soviet Declaration of War on Manchukuo takes place. As the war with Japan drags on Wallace is hesitant to use the atomic bomb but aware of the carnage that would come out of an invasion of Japan.

September 4th- The Soviets achieve absolute victory in Northern China and officially dismantle the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo.

September 18th- As the Japanese continue to fight Wallace decides to use the atomic bomb. He tells the Soviet Union first.

September 20th- The atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima, killing 80,000 civilians.

September 22nd- Japanese Emperor Hirohito issues proclamations of surrender, a coup attempt by the gang of six is crushed three days later.

September 23rd- The Soviets seize the Kyril Islands and reach the end of the Korean Peninsula at Inchon.

September 26rd Hirohito broadcasts the surrender to the Japanese People.

October 2nd- The U.S.S. Missouri steams into Tokyo Harbor.

October 5th- The formal Japanese Surrender is signed. This is considered as V-J day

October 16th- Japanese Forces on Taiwan Surrender - this ends the last large scale resistance on behalf of the Japanese Empire.

Late 1945- The U.S.S.R cements control over Eastern Europe, while Wallace attempts to forward the Roosevelt Plan for Germany but it is clear that the Soviets will not withdraw from Germany.


January 4th- At a time when public opinion is turning against the Soviets Wallace gives a public broadcast promoting world peace and cooperation with the Soviet Union. He also talks of a Fair Deal to rejuvenate the New Deal. His approval rating is at 56%

April-May- Encouraged by earlier labor movement union leader, John L Lewis calls for a general strike of 350,000 coal miners and rail workers.

May 10th- President Wallace offers concessions to the workers and promises to implement tougher standards on private business.

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