A Date Which Will Live In Infamy
70 years ago today, 2,402 Americans lost their lives and over 1,200 were wounded defending the Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii against a sneak attack by Imperial Japanese forces.
December 7th, 1941, as then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt put it, is “a date which will live in infamy.”
But the now-iconic line almost went unuttered according to the first draft of what would come to be known as Roosevelt’s “Infamy Speech.” Indeed, as the document clearly shows, the words “world history” were crossed out in favor of the far more poignant “infamy.”
The Smoking Gun has collected a number of interesting and insightful documents pertaining to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Over on CNN’s website, a number of survivors recall that infamous day on a day of similar sadness, as the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association announces its dissolution due to the failing health of its remaining members.
Now more than ever, we must never forget.