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Datebook: December 7 – A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

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The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. All but two of the eight were raised, repaired and returned to service later in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaimed December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.”

It’s Wednesday, December 7

The Ice House Gallery of the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild has its Annual Holiday Open House and Artisan Sale Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5. The artisan gift shop includes shaker boxes, carved Santas, and hand-made brooms. From 2 to 4 Sunday there’s also a reception for students from Central Elementary whose works are displayed in the classroom gallery. The exhibit “How about a little art?” is in the main gallery.

Kenlake State Resort Park hosts a Twilight Theatre Holiday Dinner Experience December 16th and 17th. Tickets are $30 per person at 270-436-2399 by next Wednesday. Enjoy holiday memories, music and Chef Bob’s menu including traditional English pudding.

Paducah Tilghman High School’s Jazz trio featuring four year old Zaren Saddler on drums performs prior to the Paducah Symphony Orchestra’s Home for Christmas Concert Saturday at 7 at the Carson Center. The Orchestra and Choruses begin their performance at 7:30. Get tickets at 270-444-0065.

See a schedule for programs to keep you company for the holidays at


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