- JUST BLOOMED TODAY
- AWKWARD VISIT WITH SANTA PHOTO OF THE DAY
- HIDEOUS CHRISTMAS SWEATER PHOTO OF THE DAY
- HOLIDAY PHOTO OF THE DAY
- TWEET TREATS
- DID YOU KNOW...?
- DOG CONFESSIONS
- BIZARRE CHRISTMAS CARDS
- LETTERS TO SANTA
- GARDEN UPDATE
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- WHAT IN THE WORLD?
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With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisers knew that an imminent Japanese attack was probable, but nothing had been done to increase security at the important naval base at Pearl Harbor. It was Sunday morning, and many military personnel had been given passes to attend religious services off base. At 7:02 a.m., two radar operators spotted large groups of aircraft in flight toward the island from the north, but, with a flight of B-17s expected from the United States at the time, they were told to sound no alarm. Thus, the Japanese air assault came as a devastating surprise to the naval base.
Much of the Pacific fleet was rendered useless: Five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed. A total of 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded, many while valiantly attempting to repulse the attack. Japan's losses were some 30 planes, five midget submarines, and fewer than 100 men. Fortunately for the United States, all three Pacific fleet carriers were out at sea on training maneuvers. These giant aircraft carriers would have their revenge against Japan six months later at the Battle of Midway, reversing the tide against the previously invincible Japanese navy in a spectacular victory.
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. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war against the United States, and the U.S. government responded in kind.
The American contribution to the successful Allied war effort spanned four long years and cost more than 400,000 American lives.DOG CONFESSIONS
Santa I think you are the best person in the world wide web.
- Megan, 9, Waterford, Ireland.
I sit on my bumper in Mr. Quigley's class. I raise my hand when I'm supposed to. I keep my hands to myself.
- Dan, 5, Cheektowaga, New York.
Santa do you have a space traveller so kids in space get presents?
- Connor, 5, North Vancouver, British Columbia.
I would like more prezzies, but I don’t want to be a Christmas piggie!
- Karen, 6, Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania.
i hope you have a safe trip. it is a lot of people out here that cant drive their car as good as you can your sleigh
- Makenzie, 11, Roanoke, Virginia.
I hope these presents dont take up too mutch room in your sack as i dont want you to miss any girls and boys out who have been good this year.
- Shaun, 12, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
As a pilot I know how important it is to fly safely. Don't worry we will be looking out for you tonight.
- Mark, 35, Blacksburg, Virginia.
The helmut you brought me was too big. I'm glad you told my pop it would be ok with you if we brought it back for another one that fit just right.
- Andrew, 7, Acworth, Georgia.
Have you seen the movie "The Santa Claus"? It might be embarassing to you. You'd like the sleigh.- Jemie, 9, Corvallis, Oregon.
I'm going to leave out my report card just to prove how good I've been!
- Patricia, 12, Montreal, Québec.
I hope your little effles don't hit their little thumbs with their little hammers
- Maeve, 10, Cashel, Ireland.
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1982 First execution by lethal injection
1987 Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in United States for summit with Ronald Reagan
1989 Sugar Ray Leonard fights Roberto Duran for the third and final time