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  • Pearl Harbor: 70

    Posted by Jonathan on December 7th, 2011 (All posts by )

    7 December 1941.

    Another year passes. One feels the cultural memory slipping away.

    Again Google ignores it and makes a point of showing a USS Arizona Memorial wallpaper pic. Perhaps Bing only does this as a counterpoint to Google. Whatever the reason, it’s good that someone notes the date.

    Perhaps some of us here will post more on this anniversary. In the meantime, here’s a link to previous Chicagoboyz Pearl Harbor posts.



    9 Responses to “Pearl Harbor: 70”

    1. knirirr Says:

      We don’t get the Arizona picture in the UK, but one of the links across the bottom is:

      Commemorating its 70th anniversary today…
      Which event led to the US joining the Allies in WWII?

    2. Nate Zuckerman [Fred Lapides] Says:

      I remember the day FDR made his historic announcement…I always remember 7 Dec.
      He who does not recall the past has forgotten it.

    3. Bill Brandt Says:

      A Date That Will Live In Infamy…”

    4. Bill Brandt Says:

      It is amazing, this being the 70th anniversary, that hardly a mention is made of it outside of the blogs.

      And it was an event that changed America….

    5. Vader Says:

      I’ve switched my browser search engine to Bing.

      Frankly, it’s a sad commentary on how bad Google has become when Microsoft has become preferable.

    6. Bill Brandt Says:


      Pearl Harbor was for us, a galvanizing event. Up until Pearl Harbor America was divided – 50-50 – over entering “Europe’s War”.

      Of course Britain had been fighting for 2 years before Pearl Harbor – and after – while America’s ire was directed at the Japanese Hitler obliged everyone by then declaring war on us.

      If you find yourself in Hawaii you must see the Arizona Memorial – over 1600 sailors were trapped in the hull when her magazines blew up.

      You can still see oil bubbling up – drop by drop – even 70 years after the fact.

    7. knirirr Says:

      @Bill Brandt

      I would be very interested in seeing the Arizona memorial, although it’s unlikely I ever will, unfortunately.
      I think I first learned of the attack on Pearl Harbour when I was 9, as a result of watching this film when it came out:

    8. Bill Brandt Says:


      That was an interesting movie. I always seem to remember the scene of the Senator and his “Secretary” in the old boat out in the Pacific.

      I think – by the time of Pearl Harbor, Britain was exhausted, having just fought the Nazis to a standstill in the air war over their island.

      I remember seeing an excellent BBC production – you really saw
      what life was like in these squadrons – and the terrible attrition.

      But to the point – we are all “ethnocentric” – expecting the rest of the world as seeing things the way we do – and in the rest of the world Pearl Harbor wasn’t the center that it is here ;-)

    9. Mo Says:

      This is no accident on the part of Google; they ignored Veterans Day, also, but every harebrained minor OTHER holiday gets a picture or drawing on the Google home page.

      I love Bing’s home page. Last year, I believe, they had a panoramic view of Pearl taken from a totally different perspective than I had ever seen, and I thought it showed how Pearl was laid out better than any other picture.

      I don’t care why Bing does it, but it does; Google disgusts me.