December 7, 1941—A date which will live in infamy

Pearl Harbor Attacked

Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

Seventy years ago this December 7, Japan attacked the U.S. Naval Base Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Just before 8:00 AM on Sunday, December 7, the residents on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, were awakened to the sight of the Pacific Fleet burning at anchor in Pearl Harbor. The American fleet was caught unaware and devastated.

However, out of the destruction grew a united outcry, and the United States entered World War II. “Remember Pearl Harbor” became the rallying cry for the United States during World War II.

On December 8, 1941 President Roosevelt declared war against Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Three days later on December 11, 1941 President Roosevelt declared war on Germany, formally taking the United States into World War II in Europe.

To honor the memories of those lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor and those that answered their nation’s call to duty during World War II, the Sabatini Gallery will be playing Roosevelt’s, “A date which will live in infamy” speech as well as other Pearl Harbor Day radio records and remembrances throughout the day in our 1940s living room. Stop in, share with us your story and remember those that served.

Watch President Roosevelt deliver his famous “a date which will live in infamy” speech in its entirety:

Zan Popp

Hello, I'm your friendly neighborhood Curator of Exhibitions. I have the amazing job of creating, building and presenting wonderful art exhibits for you at the library's Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery.