December 7th, A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

December 7th is, in the words of President Franklin Roosevelt, is “A date which will live in infamy.” He used these words as he asked the United States Congress to declare war on Japan.

U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, In America
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, In America

On this day in 1941 the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor was the scene of a devastating surprise attack by Japanese forces. Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, where they managed to destroy or damage nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight huge battleships, and over 300 airplanes. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan.

Some historical pictures from December 7, 1941:

Pearl Harbor Attack

U.S.S. Arizona, BB-39

Pearl Harbor 12/7/1941

Pearl Harbor Attack

Japan surrenders on September 2, 1945 on the U.S.S. Missouri

 

September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close. By the end of July 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) was incapable of conducting major operations and an Allied invasion of Japan was imminent. Together with the British Empire and China, the United States called for the unconditional surrender of the Japanese armed forces in the Potsdam Declaration on July 26, 1945—the alternative being “prompt and utter destruction”. -Wikipedia

 

Pearl Harbor today
Aerial view of Pearl Harbor, Ford Island in center. The Arizona memorial is the small white dot on the left side above Ford Island.

December 7, 2017 In America

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