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The world’s eyes were on Placentia Bay, Newfoundland on this date in 1941 where U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had held talks the previous three days. They signed the Atlantic Charter which was announced to the world on August 14, 1941.

The agreement made it clear that FDR and America supported Britain and her allies in these early days of the Second World War, though the USA was not officially part of the conflict. That would come later after the Imperial Japanese attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Arthur Milnes is an accomplished public historian and award-winning journalist.  He was research assistant on The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney’s best-selling Memoirs and also served as a speechwriter to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and as a Fellow of the Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy under the leadership of Tom Axworthy.  A resident of Kingston, Ontario, Milnes serves as the in-house historian at the 175 year-old Frontenac Club Hotel.

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