On this day in 1941, early in the morning, Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. It would be a day that would “live in infamy”, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt would say when declaring war on Japan the very next day. It was a surprise attack, but one that was expected would happen by the Japanese eventually. There were tensions between the United States and Japan for decades, but the US predicted incorrectly in believing that the attack would likely take place in the Philippines. By the time the Japanese finished its two waves of attacks, many of the ships that were docked and aircraft were lost, and 2402 Americans would lose their lives.
The Japanese would decide not to do a third wave of attacks, which would have probably crippled the Pacific Fleet and hinder them from entering the war. In fact, it is believed that this third wave may have been enough to hinder us for years. Roosevelt would declare war the very next day. Many of the Pacific Fleet being out to sea during the attack was beneficial for the United States to take swift measures to protect the West Coast from any more attacks.
To remember this black mark in American history, I have found a cocktail that is named for the place this event happened. When enjoying the flavor, be sure to lift a glass to those individuals who keep us safe everyday. The men and women who are out there risking their lives so we can live the freedoms we are fortunate to have, need to be recognized. This drink goes out to them.
Pearl Harbor Cocktail
2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Melon Liqueur
Method: Begin by pouring in the measured amounts of vodka and melon liqueur into an old fashioned glass filled with ice. Top off with pineapple juice and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
This Day in History:
1787 – Delaware became the first state to ratify to the United States Constitution.
1917 – The United States declared war Austria-Hungary in World War I.
1941 – The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
1972 – America’s final moon mission, Apollo 17, launched from Cape Canaveral.
Larry Bird, Hall-of-Fame Pro Basketball Player/Executive, was born on this day in 1956.
“Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.” – Larry Bird
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