Category Archives: Significant Dates

Historical dates, annual family and child events, and military-related holidays.

Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

On 7 December 1941 Japanese carriers launched torpedo bombers, dive bombers, horizontal bombers and fighters to target US battleships and airfield/military installations on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The attack lasted less than two hours and resulted in heavy destruction and US casualties: 2,403 dead (68 civilians); 1,178 military and civilian wounded; 21 ships sunk or damaged; 188 aircraft destroyed and 159 damaged. This attack led to the US formally declaring war upon Japan (8 December) and upon Germany (11 December); the US had now entered World War II. We commemorate the event as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Continue reading

Significant Dates in Military History

Every year we commemorate certain military engagements. Though these events do provide us with a fun excuse forĀ days off from work (if you’re lucky!), parades, junk food, music and fireworks, theĀ purpose of these occasions is to remind us all of the sacrifices made by the military and civilian populations of the era and the lessons learned. Continue reading