Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1941 – Following the Americans’ declaration of war on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Germany and Italy declare war on the United States (More info)

1946 – The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund — UNICEF — is established (More info)

1964 – Soul singer Sam Cooke dies under suspicious circumstances in Los Angeles (More info)

1994 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin orders Russian troops into Chechnya (More info)

2008 – Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme (More info)