(Friday, December 26, 1941, 12:30 p.m. EST) — Winston Churchill, the first wartime Prime Minister of Great Britain ever to address the Congress of the United States, told that body today that anti-Axis forces probably will be able to undertake a world-wide offensive in 1943 and in the end give the Axis powers a lesson the world “will never forget.” Read more on Churchill addresses Congress, warns of dark days but holds victory is certain 70 years ago today (1941)…
(Wednesday, December 24, 1941) — Speaking from the high south portico of the White House, in the twinkling lights of the community Christmas tree on the lawn below them, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill this evening called on the people of their two nations to rededicate themselves in a righteous cause and to “arm their hearts’ for labor, suffering and for the ultimate victory ahead.
Video: Churchill, Roosevelt (at 0:37)
(Monday, December 22, 1941) — With the U.S. and Britain now at war with Japan, Germany and Italy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington this afternoon after a secret journey to discuss unified war plans with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Video: Congress approves declaration of war (at 3:41)
(Thursday, December 11, 1941, 3:05 p.m. EST) — Germany and Italy declared war on the United States today, following America’s declaration of war against Japan on Monday in the wake of Sunday’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
The United States, in turn, declared war on Germany and Italy, with President Roosevelt signing the declarations at 3:05 p.m. EST.
Video: Hitler declares war on the U.S. (part 1)
(Thursday, December 11, 1941, 5:00 a.m. EST) — Germany and her Axis partner, Italy, declared war on the United States today. Foreign Minister Joachim Von Ribbentrop made the formal declaration on behalf of Germany at noon (5 a.m. EST) in a note handed to the American charge d’affaires in Berlin. Read more on Germany, Italy declare war on the United States 70 years ago this hour (1941)…
Video: Congress approves declaration of war (at 2:17)
(Monday, December 8, 1941, 4:10 p.m. ET) — The United States today formally declared war on Japan one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Congress, with only one dissenting vote, approved the resolution in the record time of 33 minutes after President Roosevelt declared December 7 to be “a date which will live in infamy” during an address before a joint session of the Senate and House.
Roosevelt affixed his signature to the resolution at 4:10 p.m. ET.
(Monday, December 8, 1941, 12:30 p.m. ET) — One day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, declaring December 7th, 1941, as “a date which live in infamy,” requested that war be declared against Japan during an address before a joint session of Congress. Read more on Roosevelt seeks declaration of war against Japan 70 years ago this hour (1941)…