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  • Pearl Harbor, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 7, 1941

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 7, 1941

    On the morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese struck the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor with a surprise attack, knocking out the main American battleship fleet and killing 2,403 American servicemen and civilians.




  • Pearl Harbor, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 7, 1941

    Adolf Hitler

    Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 7, 1941

    On 7 December 1941, Japan attacked the American fleet based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Four days later, Hitler declared war against the United States.




  • Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 7, 1941

    Second Sino-Japanese War

    The Consequences of The attack on Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 7, 1941

    Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war against Japan, and within days China joined the Allies in formal declaration of war against Japan, Germany and Italy.




  • Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 7, 1941

    World War II

    Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 7, 1941

    On 7 December 1941 (8 December in Asian time zones), Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The attack on Pearl Harbor a surprise military strike by the Imperial Navy Air Service upon the United States against naval base at Pearl Harbor.




  • Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 7, 1941

    Hirohito

    The Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 7, 1941

    On December 8 (December 7 in Hawaii), 1941, in simultaneous attacks, Japanese forces struck at the Hong Kong Garrison, the US Fleet in Pearl Harbor and in the Philippines, and began the invasion of Malaya.




  • U.S.
    Monday Dec 8, 1941

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    War declaration against Japan

    U.S.
    Monday Dec 8, 1941

    Roosevelt signed declaration of war against Japan on December 8.




  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Dec 8, 1941

    World War II

    United States declaration of war on Japan

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Dec 8, 1941

    On December 8, 1941 (9 December in Asian time zones), the United States Congress declared war on the Empire of Japan in response to that country's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor the prior day.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Dec 11, 1941

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    War declaration against Germany

    U.S.
    Thursday Dec 11, 1941

    On December 11, 1941, Hitler and Mussolini declared war on the United States, which responded in kind.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Dec 11, 1941

    World War II

    United States declared war upon Germany

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Dec 11, 1941

    On December 11, 1941, the United States Congress declared war upon Germany, hours after Germany declared war on the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan.


  • U.S.
    Friday Dec 26, 1941

    Thanksgiving

    Joint resolution

    U.S.
    Friday Dec 26, 1941

    On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day to the fourth Thursday in November.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Friday Dec 26, 1941

    Winston Churchill

    Churchill addressed a joint meeting of the US Congress

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Friday Dec 26, 1941

    On 26 December, Churchill addressed a joint meeting of the US Congress but, that night, he suffered a mild heart attack which was diagnosed by his physician, Sir Charles Wilson (later Lord Moran), as a coronary deficiency needing several weeks' bed rest. Churchill insisted that he did not need bed rest and, two days later, journeyed on to Ottawa by train where he gave a speech to the Canadian Parliament that included the "some chicken, some neck" line in which he recalled French predictions in 1940 that "Britain alone would have her neck wrung like a chicken". He arrived home in mid-January, having flown from Bermuda to Plymouth in an American flying boat, to find that there was a crisis of confidence in both his coalition government and himself personally, and he decided to face a vote of confidence in the Commons, which he won easily.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Dec 29, 1941

    United Nations

    Four Policemen

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Dec 29, 1941

    The text of the "Declaration by United Nations" was drafted at the White House on 29 December 1941, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Roosevelt aide Harry Hopkins. It incorporated Soviet suggestions but left no role for France. "Four Policemen" was coined to refer to four major Allied countries, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and the Republic of China, which emerged in the Declaration by the United Nations.


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