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Daily Calendar for Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Tuesday, December 7, 2021

At dawn on Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in an attempt to cripple the fleet and hinder U.S. intervention in other Japanese targets in the South Pacific. The Japanese military expected that Germany would defeat Great Britain and the Soviet Union and that Japan would control the Pacific. The attack was opposed by Japanese admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who cautioned against a war with the United States, but he was overruled. After the attack, he said, β€œWe have awakened a sleeping giant and have instilled in him a terrible resolve.” He was right. Although airfields, port facilities, and warships were severely damaged and two battleships, the Utah and the Arizona, were destroyed, the attack mobilized the United States and signaled its entry into World War II. Today the Arizona is a memorial and a national park.

Born

  • Willa Cather (author) –
  • Harry Chapin (musician) –
  • Johnny Bench (baseball player) –
  • Ron Hynes (Canadian singer-songwriter) –
  • Larry Bird (basketball player) –
  • Terrell Owens (football player) –
  • Aaron Carter (singer) –
  • Emily Browning (actress) –

Died

  • Rube Goldberg (cartoonist) –
  • Thornton Wilder (playwright) –
  • Jerry Scoggins (sang The Ballad of Jed Clampett” that introduced the Clampett clan on The Beverly Hillbillies”) –
  • Harry Morgan (actor) –

Events

  • The steam locomotive was used for the first time in Germany when a railroad opened from Nuremberg to Furth–
  • The first Christmas postage stamp was released in Canada–
  • Christmas seals sold for the first time–
  • The crew of Apollo 17, while on their way to the Moon, took a photo of Earth from about 28,000 miles away–
  • Gordie Howe became the first professional hockey player to score 1000 goals–

Weather

  • The Connecticut and Merrimack rivers in New England flooded after a great rainstorm–
  • An ice storm in Nashville, Tennessee, cut electricity to 40,000 houses for several wintry hours–
  • Denver, Colorado’s temperature plunged to 0 degrees F–
  • Gunnison, Colorado, experienced a frigid temperature of -24 degrees F–

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