On this day in 1941, Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Fascist Italy’s Benito Mussolini declared war on the United States in support of their ally, Empire of Japan. The U.S. government responded by passing resolutions of war against the two Axis powers, thereby entering World War II.
On this day in 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict. The papacy demanded that he recant or face excommunication. Luther refused and was formally expelled from the church in January 1521.
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On this day 50 years ago, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Learn the riveting story of the reporting from the moment JFK was shot until Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death at 1 p.m.