On Pearl Harbor Day, December 7 . . . We honor their memory . . . On December 7, 1941, the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, was attacked by Japanese planes. Nearly two hundred ships and aircraft were destroyed, including the U.S.S. Arizona. More than 2,300 Americans lost their lives. The next day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that the U.S. had entered World War II. While addressing Congress, he uttered one of the most famous lines in U.S. history: "[December 7] is a date which will live in infamy."
"It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives its most distinctive characteristic." ---James Weldon Johnson Celebrate the Blues . . . Birth of the Blues Day November 16, 2007 Born on November 16, 1873, in Memphis, Tennessee, W.C. Handy is considered the "Father of the Blues." Though Handy didn't invent blues music, he took its unique, syncopated rhythms and made them popular in mainstream America.