Today marks the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attacks on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, an act of aggression that signaled America’s entry into World War II. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,700 wounded in the early morning attacks on the Hawaiian Navy Base.
In all, the U.S. lost nearly 20 American ships and 300 airplanes.
Here are 7 things you may not know about the ‘day that will live in infamy’
About ‘a date that will live in infamy’
The famous description of the Pearl Harbor attack as a “date that will live in infamy” was delivered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a joint session of Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, one day after the tragedy. Within an hour of the speech, which originally described the day as “a date which will live in world history,” Congress passed a formal declaration of war against Japan.
Several events are planned for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The National Park Service will air a live video stream of the commemorative events on Monday. The ceremony will begin at 7:30 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time, 11:30 p.m. CST, with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy as the keynote speaker.