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

1941: Following the American 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)