Video: Hirohito approves war (at 8:21)
(Monday, December 1, 1941, six days before the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor) — Japanese Emperor Hirohito approved a “war against United States, Great Britain and Holland” today during another Imperial Conference, to commence with a surprise attack on the US Pacific Fleet at its main forward base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
Video: 'The Jungle' (promo clip)
(Friday, December 1, 1961, 10 p.m. ET) — Alan Richards plans to build a dam in Africa on a tribe’s ancestral land on tonight’s episode of The Twilight Zone. Read more on ‘The Jungle’ episode airs on ‘The Twilight Zone’ 50 years ago this hour (1961)…
Video: 'If I Needed Someone'
(Monday, December 2, 1991, 7 p.m. JST) — Rock legends George Harrison and Eric Clapton performed tonight at Osaka Castle Hall, Osaka, as part of their 12-date tour of Japan. Read more on George Harrison, Eric Clapton perform in Osaka 20 years ago this hour (1991)…
Video: final order issued to attack Pearl Harbor (at 6:21)
(Tuesday, December 2, 1941, five days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor) — A radio signal containing the code words “Niitaka yama nobore” (Climb Mount Niitaka) was received by Vice-Admiral Chuichi Nagumo aboard his flagship Akagi today, ordering the Japanese aircraft carrier strike force to attack Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941 (December 8 in Tokyo). Read more on Japanese strike force ordered to attack Pearl Harbor 70 years ago today (1941)…
Video: 'Ball of Fire' clip
(Tuesday, December 2, 1941) — Ball of Fire, a comedy about a group of professors laboring for years to write an encyclopedia and their encounter with a nightclub performer who provides her own unique knowledge, opened tonight in the U.S.
Directed by Howard Hawks, the film stars Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.
(Thursday, December 3, 1981) — Reds, an epic film about the life and career of John Reed, the revolutionary communist, journalist, and writer who chronicled the Russian Revolution in his book Ten Days That Shook the World, premiered in the U.S. today.
The movie was co-written, produced, directed by and starred Warren Beatty. It also starred Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
(Friday, December 3, 1971) — Wild Life by Paul McCartney’s new post-Beatles band Wings was released today in Britain (it would be released in the U.S. three days later on Monday, December 6, 1971). Read more on Paul McCartney’s new band Wings releases debut album ‘Wild Life’ 40 years ago today (1971)…
Video: 'On Golden Pond' trailer
(Friday, December 4, 1981) — On Golden Pond, a film about an aging couple Ethel (Katharine Hepburn) and Norman Thayer (Henry Fonda) who are visited by daughter Chelsea (Jane Fonda) with her fiance and his rebellious son at their summer home on Golden Pond, opened today at the Cinema 1 in New York City.
Directed by Mark Rydell, the drama was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning three, including Best Actor (Henry Fonda, in his final role).