Good morning; it’s December 7, 2016, the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. As President Franklin Roosevelt said on the day after, in a speech to Congress, it was “a day which shall live in infamy.” (See below.) It’s thus “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day”. And on this day occurred an event I didn’t know about; as Wikipedia says, it was the day when “The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, [made] landfall. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people die.” The Church of England, as these organizations so often do, declared that this disaster was God’s retributions for the sins of England’s people. On this day in 1963, television had its first instant replay in a sporting event: the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia. Otherwise, this isn’t a notable day in history.
Here’s the typescript of Roosevelt’s speech to Congress on December 8, 1941. Note how he changed the first sentence: from “a day that will live in world history” to “a day which will live in infamy”, coining a phrase that’s with us still. An hour after Roosevelt delivered this speech, the Congress declared war on Japan:
Notables born on this day include Theodor Schwann (1810), Noam Chomsky (1928), Harry Chapin (1942, died 1981), and Larry Bird (1956). Those who died on this day include 2,403 Americans in the Pearl Harbor attack, Robert Graves (1985), Wolfgang Pauli (1993), and Jeane Kirkpatrick (1996, remember her?) Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is showing a kitten-like wonder at the world:
Hili: There is something astonishing in the fact…
A: Which fact?
Hili: Actually, all of them.
Hili: Jest coś zdumiewającego w fakcie…
Ja: W którym?
Hili: Właściwie w każdym.
From snowy Montreal, Anne-Marie’s new puppy (!) Linux Bernie (I suggested the “Bernie” bit) has had his first taste of snow—literally. Look at that furry muzzle!
Further west in Canada they had a blizzard, and Gus, in Winnipeg, looked on from his warm perch on the Katzenbaum:
Finally, a dog-shaming meme from reader S. Clark, who said he had “no choice but to send it to me”. A good determinist!