Tag Archives: Pearl Harbor

Day of Infamy

By Paul M. Sparrow, FDR Library Director It was the worst day of his presidency, the worst day of his life – and the worst military defeat in American history. President Franklin Roosevelt’s beloved Navy lay in smoking ruins in … Continue reading

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The True Story Behind the Most Important Speech of the 20th Century

By Paul Sparrow, Director FDR Library One day before the 74th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s historic address to Congress in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor it is important to examine the true meaning of the speech, and … Continue reading

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Found in the Archives

Pearl Harbor Prisoner Petition, December 8, 1941 The “unprovoked and dastardly attack” by Japan on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, brought an immediate unity of purpose to the nation. Thousands of letters flooded into the White House after the … Continue reading

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Public Programs News and Events

The Roosevelt Library will present several free holiday-related programs in the first few weeks of December. In commemoration of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will host an author talk and book signing … Continue reading

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Day by Day

What was President Franklin Roosevelt doing on December 7, 1941, before he learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor? Which advisers did he summon when he realized that America was on the brink of war? Most Americans know where … Continue reading

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From the Museum

“Remember Pearl Harbor” Weathervane (MO 2005.377) Tomorrow, December 7, marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In the early morning hours of that December Sunday in 1941, Japan unleashed a devastating surprise attack on American military installations … Continue reading

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Eleanor Roosevelt – My Day: December 8-14

December 8, 1941 “WASHINGTON, Sunday—I was going out in the hall to say goodbye to our cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Adams, and their children, after luncheon, and, as I stepped out of my room, I knew something had happened. … Continue reading

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This Week in Roosevelt History: December 8-14

December 8, 1941: FDR addresses Congress asking for an acknowledgement of a state of war against Japan. He declares December 7th “a date which will live in infamy.”

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