If the title doesn’t ring a bell, listen to this speech—
The iconic line reads:
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941— a date which will live in infamy— the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
The attack on the U.S. navy in Pearl Harbor, which led the sleeping eagle to wake up and enter a world war that would reshape our place in the century to come, was the September 11th of the twentieth century. Those who live in the 21st century commemorate the September date, but December 7th changed the American destiny in arguably more profound ways.
So today, a date that might have lived in infamy and served to remind us of the nature of the world we are making, is but a whiff of a distant memory that few think about when the digital calendar/phone says it had arrived.