Daily Archives: April 17, 2013

Isoroku Yamamoto, mastermind of Pearl Harbor attack, killed in action 70 years ago this hour (1943)

Video: 'Yamamoto Shot Down (footage from both sides)'

(Sunday, April 18, 1943, 9:35 a.m. local time; during Operation Vengeance, part of Solomon Islands campaign, part of the Pacific Theater of World War II) — Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the Japanese Combined Fleet and mastermind of the sneak attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was killed today as his plane was shot down by U.S. fighters while approaching Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.

Nixon asks John Dean to resign 40 years ago today (1973)

Video: Apr. 17, 1973 (at 16:26)

(Tuesday, April 17, 1973; during the Watergate scandal) — U.S. President Richard Nixon, aware that White House Counsel John Dean is talking to the Watergate investigators, asks Dean to resign, passing him a drafted letter written in the form of a confession. Nixon also tells Dean that he is also planning to remove two of his top aides Bob Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.