Aug. 12, 1941: With Britain fighting for survival during World War II — and war clouds approaching the United States — President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met on a warship off the coast of Newfoundland and began laying out the principles for what became known as the Atlantic Charter. The Atlantic Charter outlined Allied determination to fight the Axis to "ensure life, liberty, independence and religious freedom and to preserve the rights of man and justice." The Atlantic Charter was the foundation for what later became the United Nations charter.
Aug. 12, 1955: President Eisenhower signed a bill raising the minimum wage to $1 an hour.
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