December 7th – More Than a Day of Infamy

By | Dec 7, 2012

December 7, 1941 will forever be remembered as an day of infamy. It was on that day that Japan attacked the military bases on the Hawaiian Island of O’ahu. Pearl Harbor Naval Base, where many of the United States Pacific fleet were docked on that day, and Hickham Field, which adjoins the Naval Base, were the two major points of attack.

December 7th should not only be remembered for this historic event. It was on December 7, 1917 that President Woodrow Wilson signed the Declaration of War against Austria-Hungary during World War 1.

December 7th also is one of the key dates in the formation of the United States. It was on this day in 1787 that Delaware became the “First State” when it was the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.

On December 7, 1972 Apollo 17 lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. On board were Eugene A. Cernan, commander, Ronald E. Evans, command module pilot and Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar module pilot. This was the last Apollo Moon Mission and when Cernan and Schmitt lifted off from the moon on December 14th, they were the last men to walk on the moon.

Rube Goldberg, an American Cartoonist who is best know for his cartoons depicting complex machines doing simple tasks died on December 7, 1970. He was born on July 4, 1883.

Also dying on December 7th was William Bligh in 1817. Bligh was an officer of the British Royal Navy, but probably more famously known as the Captain of the HMS Bounty in 1789 when a mutiny lead by Fletcher Christian occurred.


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