TODAY IN HISTORY
President Abraham Lincoln issued his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction for the South.
The United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Imperial Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
A man demanding an end to nuclear weapons held the Washington Monument hostage, threatening to blow it up with explosives he claimed were inside a van.
President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty at the White House calling for destruction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.