Saturday, December 7, 2013



DECEMBER 7, 1941

A Date Which Will Live In Infamy


On this day in 1941 at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.

The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." After a brief and forceful speech, he asked Congress to approve a resolution recognizing the state of war between the United States and Japan.

The Senate voted for war against Japan by 82 to 0, and the House of Representatives approved the resolution by a vote of 388 to 1. The sole dissenter was Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana, a devout pacifist who had also cast a dissenting vote against the U.S. entrance into World War I.

The American contribution to the successful Allied war effort spanned four long years and cost more than 400,000 American lives.


Devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty.

Patriotism is generally cultural attachment to one's homeland or devotion to one's country, although interpretations of the term vary with context, geography and philosophy. It is a related sentiment to nationalism.

Did You Know . . .?

Ralph Lauren's original name was Ralph Lifshitz



Larry Joe Bird
(born December 7, 1956)
Larry Bird is an American former professional basketball player and coach and the current team president of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978, Bird started at small forward and power forward for thirteen seasons, spearheading one of the NBA's most formidable frontcourts that included center Robert Parish and forward Kevin McHale. Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times.

He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards.

Priscilla Barnes
(born December 7, 1955)
Priscilla Barnes is an American actress known for her role as nurse Terri Alden on the American television sitcom Three's Company, having been made the permanent replacement for Suzanne Somers. Barnes subsequently made appearances in films such as A Vacation in Hell, the James Bond thriller Licence to Kill, the Kevin Smith comedy Mallrats and the horror film The Devil's Rejects.

Avram Noam Chomsky
(born December 7, 1928)
Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. Sometimes described as the "father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy. He has spent most of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is currently Professor Emeritus, and has authored over 100 books. He has been described as a prominent cultural figure, and was voted the "world's top public intellectual" in a 2005 poll.

Christa Campbell
(born December 7, 1972)
Christa Campbell is an American actress and producer. Campbell is best known for her roles in 2001 Maniacs, Mozart and the Whale, Lonely Hearts, The Wicker Man, Cleaner, Day of the Dead (2008 film), Lies & Illusions, The Mechanic, Drive Angry, Straight A’s, The Big Wedding, and The Iceman.


Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
--George Bernard Shaw

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