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Today in history: The end of American neutrality in WWII
In 1941, President Roosevelt signed a bill to send supplies to countries fighting the Axis powers
 
President Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Bill at the White House in 1941.
President Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Bill at the White House in 1941. Topical Press Agency/Getty Images


March 11, 1941: President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis powers of Germany, Italy, and Japan. Between 1941 and the war's end in 1945, the U.S. shipped $50 billion in supplies (equal to some $650 billion today) to Great Britain, the Soviet Union, China, Free France, and other Allied nations. Formally titled An Act to Further Promote the Defense of the United States, the act effectively ended any American pretense of being neutral during World War II — which the U.S. would, of course, enter nine months later.

March 11, 1947: President Truman wrote to former President Hoover, thanking him for his help with post-WWII reconstruction issues in Europe. Truman and Hoover became good friends in 1945, when Truman first consulted the former president on foreign policy matters.

Quote of the day

"All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway." — Harry S. Truman

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