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, “We 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.
Daily Calendar for Thursday, December 7, 2023
Hanukkah (also spelled “Chanukah”) is an eight-day Jewish festival which begins this evening at sundown. The festival commemorates events that took place in Judea more than 2,000 years ago, when the Syrian king Antiochus ordered the Jews to abandon the Torah and publicly worship the Greek gods. This act provoked a rebellion led by Judas Maccabeus, climaxed by the retaking of the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been desecrated by the Syrians. In an eight-day celebration, the Maccabees (as the rebels came to be known) cleansed and rededicated the Temple (Chanukah means “dedication”). According to the Talmud, there was only enough consecrated oil to relight the candelabra for one day, yet, miraculously, it remained lit for eight days. The central feature of the observance of Chanukah is the nightly lighting of the Chanukiah, an eight-branched candelabra with a place for a ninth candle, the shammes, used to light the others. One candle is lit on the first night of Chanukah, and an additional candle is lit on each successive night, until, on the eighth night, the Chanukiah is fully illuminated. Learn more about Hanukkah and see recipes!
Question of the Day
In what year did Charles Dickens write A Christmas Carol?
Dickens wrote the story in 1843.
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- 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) –
- 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) –
- 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–
- Hockey player Gordie Howe scored his 1,000th professional goal –
- 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–