VI. The World Wars and the Interwar Period, 1914–1945 > I. The Pacific Region, 1914–1945 > 1. The Pacific Islands > 1933, May 27
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1933, May 27
Japan announced withdrawal from the League of Nations (See 1933, May 27), to become effective in two years. At the same time, the Japanese government made it clear that it had no intention of abandoning the mandate.  1
1936, Jan. 1
With the expiration of the international naval limitation treaties, the provisions for maintenance of the status quo of fortifications in the Pacific collapsed. Since 1932 there had been rumors of Japanese fortifications and submarine bases, subsequently found to be exaggerated. Australia and New Zealand were very active in coastal preparations, and the U.S. government projected a great scheme of fortifications extending from the Alaskan coast and Aleutian Islands to Midway Island, Guam, and Samoa.  2
Samuel King, the Hawaiian delegate in the U.S. Congress, introduced a bill to change the status of Hawaii from that of a territory to that of a state. A congressional committee advised against it.  3
The Hawaii Equal Rights Commission was created by an act of the territorial legislature to further claims for equal treatment and to oppose federal legislation discriminatory toward the territory.  4
1941, Dec. 7
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (See Dec. 7)  5
1942, Jan
Japanese advance in the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies.  6
May 7
Battle of the Coral Sea blocks possible Japanese access to Australia.  7
Aug. 7
U.S. landing on the Solomon Islands.  8
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