Young Americans today will likely not remember what happened 69 years ago in Hawaii. The media will most likely focus more on John Lennon’s anniversary death and Wikileaks instead.
The speech which defined the events surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 is Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Infamy Speech” or Presidential Address to Congress of December 8, 1941.
An hour after Roosevelt spoke, the U.S. declared war on Japan.
At the time, Americans every where listened in on their radios, with an estimated 81% tuning in to hear the famous speech. The speech was broadcast by CBS nationwide.
The result of the attack was devastating. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed, 2,402 personnel were killed, and 1,282 were wounded.
The famous Infamy Speech is presented here in its entirety as broadcast by CBS on December 8, 1941.