On July 17, 1945, a conference attended by U.S.
President Harry Truman, U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and
U.S.S.R. leader Joseph Stalin opened in Postdam, Germany. Along with
the Yalta Conference a few months prior, Potsdam created the
post-World War II world order.
Learn more about the Postdam Conference from the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.
On July 17, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed
the second Confiscation Act which, among other things, allowed for
the confiscation of private property in Rebel territory, without due
process or any opportunity for defense.
Learn more about the Confiscation Act of 1862.