On this day: March 11

Published On: Mar 05 2013 11:10:53 AM CST   Updated On: Mar 11 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

Spanish Influenza breaks out, Janet Reno is confirmed as the first female attorney general, and a massive earthquake and tsunami cripple Japan, all on this day.

OTD March 11 - Lend-Lease Act
33 / 44
Library of Congress

1941: Nine months before the United States would enter World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan. Formally titled An Act to Further Promote the Defense of the United States, the act effectively ended the United States' pretense of neutrality in the war.

Upload Photos / Videos