Daily Archives: December 8, 2011

U.S. declares war on Japan following Pearl Harbor attack 70 years ago this hour (1941)


Video: Congress approves declaration of war (at 2:17)

(Monday, December 8, 1941, 4:10 p.m. ET) — The United States today formally declared war on Japan one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Congress, with only one dissenting vote, approved the resolution in the record time of 33 minutes after President Roosevelt declared December 7 to be “a date which will live in infamy” during an address before a joint session of the Senate and House.

Roosevelt affixed his signature to the resolution at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Roosevelt seeks declaration of war against Japan 70 years ago this hour (1941)

(Monday, December 8, 1941, 12:30 p.m. ET) — One day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, declaring December 7th, 1941, as “a date which live in infamy,” requested that war be declared against Japan during an address before a joint session of Congress. Continue reading Roosevelt seeks declaration of war against Japan 70 years ago this hour (1941)