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Unforgettable moments in American history (13 items)

By , Deseret News

Dec. 1, 2013

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, will mark the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which occurred on Dec. 7, 1941 — "a date which will live in infamy" as President Franklin Roosevelt so memorably declared.

Most Americans who were alive on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed remember exactly where they were when they first heard the news.

This event changed the course of the country, and the course of individual lives.

The U.S. has several unforgettable moments that caused course changes for us as a country and made each of us take a moment and reflect on life.

None of these moments is perhaps as impactful as the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but all had major impact on us as a nation.

For those alive during each of these events, most will remember exactly where they were when they heard about the event.

1 of 13. The Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

"Dec. 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy." -- President Franklin Roosevelt.

On this day, forces of the Imperial Japanese navy attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet before a formal declaration of war was issued. The attack saw nearly 3,500 U.S. casualties along with a majority of the Pacific fleet and aircraft destroyed or damaged, and marked America's entry into World War II.

2 of 13. V-E and V-J Day

A sailor kissing a random woman in the streets of New York City. That about sums up the crazed sensation in the U.S. after Germany was defeated in Europe —Victory in Europe day, also known as V-E Day celebrated on May 8, 1945.

Similarly, Japan surrendered in the Pacific on Aug. 15, 1945 (Victory over Japan day, also known as V-J Day) — which was announced in the U.S. on Aug. 14, 1945, due to time zone differences.

These days marked the end of the bloodiest conflict in world history and the start of America's new life as a world super power.

3 of 13. The Trinity test

Though not disclosed to the public, the July 16, 1945, date marking the first-ever nuclear weapon test is certainly worthy of living in infamy. Though the successful test green-lighted the dropping of two nuclear bombs on Japan, saving hundreds of thousands of lives in ending the war, it also marked the dawn of an age in which humanity could be wiped out in a war between two nuclear-armed powers.

4 of 13. Sputnik and the start of the space race

On Oct. 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the world's first artificial satellite, signaling the launch of the space race. The fact that the Soviets were the first to launch a satellite came as a shock to millions of Americans, who watched the little blip of light fly through the night sky.

5 of 13. March on Washington for jobs and freedom

The 1960s was the defining decade for civil rights, culminating with the march on Washington for jobs and freedom in which 200,000-300,000 civil rights supporters descended on the U.S. Capitol. The most memorable moment of the march was Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
1. Anti Bush-Obama
Chihiuahua, 00,
Dec. 2, 2013

I was in Heaven at the time but unlike what the article says, I have no recollection of having been there.

2. one old man
Ogden, UT,
Dec. 2, 2013

Darn -- I was eleven months old on December 7, 1941 so I don't remember that. Don't really remember VE or VJ Days, but I do remember my uncle, who was an air raid warden, coming to our house wearing his helmet to tell us we had some light showing during a blackout.

But I do remember all the others. Gee whiz, I must be growing old!

3. CougarBlue
Heber City, UT,
Dec. 2, 2013

Oh, yes I remember where I was. I was being blessed in Church that day. Well, at least I was told that was where I was.

4. patriot
Cedar Hills, UT,
Dec. 2, 2013

Moon walk I do remember. I was 10 and watching Walter Cronkite on our black n white console TV in the basement. I remember the shadowy images bouncing round on the moon and then going outside and looking up at the moon and being amazed ...along with my older brother ...that men were on the moon right at that moment. Pretty amazing...pretty cool!!