The Day of Infamy

The Day of Infamy

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  • On December 7, 1941 the country Japan took America by surprise by launching a surprise attack against the naval base, Pearl Harbor.
  • The attack was not a complete surprise to officials at Washington, due to the intelligence division having broken the Japanese codes hours before the attack, however, the poor weather interfered in conveying the message.
  • A total of eighteen battle ships had been damaged or sunk along with the destruction and damage of 300 aircrafts. 2,403 people lost their lives in the surprise attack.
  • "We're being attacked by the Japs!" "Get to your stations!"
  • The attack was a tragedy that killed thousands and angered many. FDR gave his famous "Infamy Speech" at a joint session with Congress.
  • "Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy. . ."
  • The attack was a tragedy that gave people the resolve to enter into WWII. FDR had been given the opportunity to enter into the war to fight the Axis Powers.
  • "Let us fight!" "We need to go to war!" "We'll bring the fight to them next"
  • The next day of the attack, the United States declared war on Japan taking kind to Germany, Italy, and Japan declaring war on December 11, 1941.
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