Friday, December 07, 2007

“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy": FDR Asks for a Declaration of War December 7, 1941, the Japanese Empire bombed Pearl Harbor and got the US into World War II at last.

The speech, actually delivered on the 8th, is one of FDR's most famous, perhaps it is his most famous speech. (Audio is available at the link above)

Most Americans believe that Pearl Harbor was an isolated incident. Since we only get our history from movies, perhaps that is understandable. But it was not isolated.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
A day to remember, certainly.

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