Pearl Harbor

The Doomed Arizona

War

JAPAN LAUNCHES RECKLESS ATTACK ON U. S IN A DESPERATE GAMBLE ON VICTORY OR SUICIDE, IT STRIKES FIRST BLOW AT HAWAII

This was the headline for the article that appeared on December 15, 1941 in LIFE magazine. As we approach the 66th anniversary of what was called by President Roose­velt a “Date that will live in infamy” we feel compelled to remind people of this event and to bring a renewed sense of what this country has been through in the past and what it is facing today in the constant battle for freedom.

 

As the article goes on to say “Out of the Pacific skies last week World War II came with startling suddenness to America. It was 7:35 a.m. on a Sunday morning the aggressors’ favorite day—when two Japanese planes, wearing on their wings the Rising Sun of Japan, flew out of the western sky over the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Japan had seized the initiative and was making the most of the aggressor’s privilege to strike the first blow. With reckless daring Japan aimed this blow at the citadel of American power in the Pacific, the great naval fortress of Pearl Harbor. Close observers of Japan have said for years that if that country ever found itself in a hopeless corner it was capable of committing national hara-kiri by flinging itself at the throat of its mightiest enemy. Japan has found itself in just such a corner. It could not retreat without losing all and it could not ad­vance another step without war”. (more…)

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy

May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963

John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born at 83 Beals Street in Brookline, Massachusetts on Tuesday, May 29, 1917, at 3:00 p.m., the second son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and Rose Fitzgerald.

 Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier on September 12, 1953 in Newport. Rhode Island.  One guest said “It was just like the coronation.”John F. Kennedy had 2 children that survived infancy. Caroline was born in 1957 and John Jr. was born in 1960, just a few weeks after his father was elected.  John died in 1999. Caroline is currently the only surviving member of JFK’s immediate family.After Kennedy’s leadership as commander of the USS PT-109 during World War II in the South Pacific, his aspirations turned political. Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 as a Democrat, and in the U.S. Senate from 1953 until 1961. Kennedy defeated former Vice President and Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. presidential election, one of the closest in American history. To date, he is the only practicing Roman Catholic to be elected President and the only President to have won a Pulitzer Prize.  His administration witnessed the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, the American Civil Rights Movement and early events of the Vietnam War.   John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the thirty-fifth President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.  (more…)

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