Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lest we forget... December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941
"Attention.  This is no exercise.  The Japanese are attacking Pearl Harbor.  All Army, Navy and Marine personnel are to report to duty."  Shortly thereafter, a government-ordered blackout was secured on Hawaii, but long-distance phone calls, telegrams, or messages from ham radio operators continued.

.... By that afternoon, hurriedly rushed "Extra!" editions of newspapers were printed in large-point type by the droves, nationwide. (pg. 139, December 1941)
.... The reporter from the local NBC affiliate then said, "We have witnessed this morning the attack of Pearl Harbor and a severe bombing of Pearl Harbor by army planes, undoubtedly Japanese......   ...  It is no joke; it is a real war," he said before his connection died. (pf. 142, December 1941)

In Washington, ....... shrill voices of newsboys calling war extras broke the ordinary Sabbath evening calm."  In bold type, the Washington Post's Extra edition boomed, "U.S. AT WAR!  JAPAN BOMBS HAWAII, MANILA." (p. 144, December 1941)

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