Trending on Britannica: World War II (1939-1945), involving the Axis powers—Germany, Italy, and Japan—and the Allies—France, Great Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, and, to a lesser extent, China.
On this day: December 7th, 1941, the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor propels the United States into World War Two. This animated infographic takes you to Hawaii on that fateful morning, telling the story of the Attack on Pearl Harbor by the numbers. #pearlharbor #pearlharbor75 #december7
On This Day: In 1484, Innocent VIII condemned witchcraft via papal bull, and subsequently he dispatched inquisitors to Germany to try witches and persecuted a chief exponent of Renaissance Platonism, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola.
Map Monday: The Northwest Passage is the historical sea passage of the North American continent. It represents centuries of effort to find a route westward from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean through the Arctic Archipelago of what became Canada.
Fun Fact: While the public’s attention focuses most often on the end of prohibition, it is important to note that the Twenty-first Amendment also granted states greater leeway in regulating alcohol within and across their borders. Transportation and importation of alcohol could be regulated by the states as long as they did not violate the commerce clause of the Constitution. #RepealDay
On This Day: Walt Disney, born in Chicago in 1901, pioneered animated cartoon films, created such beloved characters as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and founded what is now one of the world's largest entertainment conglomerates.