Unforgettable moments in American history (13 items)
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
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
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.