March 11, 1941 – The Lend-Lease Act is Signed into Law

March 11, 1941 – The Lend-Lease Act is Signed into LawRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons In the wake of World War I, the United States took drastic steps to isolate itself from other nations and avoid entry into another global conflict. On March 11, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt effectively ended American neutrality by signing the Lend-Lease Act, a bill to “Further Promote the Defense of the United States.” By allowing the federal government to provide aid of all kinds to Allied countries, Roosevelt brought American military hardware into the conflict nine months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Struggling through the Great Depression from late 1929 on, […]

March 11, 1985 – Mikhail Gorbachev took over as the new general secretary and leader of the Soviet Union

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March 11, 1985 – Mikhail Gorbachev took over as the new general secretary and leader of the Soviet UnionRate this post On March 11, 1985, the 54-year-old Gorbachev took over the post following the death of Konstantin Chernenko. Under the leadership of Gorbachev, the Soviet society and foreign policy underwent a radical transformation over the next six years. His reign saw several positive measures being implemented. He relaxed political oppression. He also pushed for the reform of the economic system of the Soviet Union, which by that time was in a mess. However, an important part of his rule was his drive to improve relations with the United States. In […]