Today is, by State Statute, WS 8-4-106, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The Statute provides:
(a) In recognition of the members of the armed forces who lost their lives and those who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, territory of Hawaii on December 7, 1941, December 7 of each year is designated as "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day". The day shall be appropriately observed in the public schools of the state.
(b) The governor, not later than September 1 of each year, shall issue a proclamation requesting proper observance of "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day".
(c) This section shall not affect commercial paper, the making or execution of written agreements or judicial proceedings, or authorize public schools, businesses or state and local government offices to close.
Your Recollections: What about you?
Do you have any personal recollections about December 7, 1941? Either first hand, or that you recall hearing from family and friends? And, by that, not just Pearl Harbor stories, but I'd be very interested to learn of any family recollections from those at home, on that day. Wyoming is three hours ahead of Hawaii, did your family hear it that morning, or later in the day? Just after church, or while tuning in for a football game? Any recollection is welcome.
I also note, at least according to an engineer who explained it to me, that December 7 is also a date involving an astronomical anomaly, that being that it is the day of the year which, in the Northern Hemisphere, features the earliest sunset. That doesn't, of course, make it the shortest day of the year, it's just that the sunsets the earliest on this day, or so I am told.
1868 U.S. Post Office reestablished at Green River.
1890 The subject of sermon at the Rawlins Presbyterian Church was “Choosing a Husband.”
1898 Battery A, Wyoming Light Artillery, arrives in Manilla where it will serve in the Philippine Insurrection.
1909 The Natrona County Tribune reported in a story that ran this week:
1910 Cornerstone laid at high school in Lander.
"W. L. Hobbs and Dr. J. W. Padgett left Lander over seven weeks ago on a three weeks' elk hunt, and the first of last week one of their horses returned, and their friends feared that they had perished in the deep snow in the mountains, and relief parties were organized to search for them. On Sunday night Dr. Padgett was brought into Lander by a trapper, and the doctor said that Mr. Hobbs was badly snowed in near Fremont Peak, there being three to five feet of snow all over the mountains. He said that Mr. Hobbs would not leave his horses, that he had plenty to eat and was clearing small patches of ground so his horses could feed, that there was no immediate danger of either the horses or Mr. Hobbs perishing."
1917 The USS Wyoming, under sail since November 25, arrives in Scapa Flow. Four U.S. battleships arrive at Scapa Flow taking on the role of the British Grand Fleet's Sixth Battle Squadron. These include USS Delaware (BB-28), USS Florida (BB-30), New York (BB-34), and USS Wyoming (BB-32).
1933 Natural gas explosion at bank in Torrington kills one and injuries four
1941 US military installations were attack in Hawaii by the Imperial Japanese Navy bringing the US formally into World War Two.
The USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor on this day.
The first shot was, surprisingly, an American one when the USS Ward engaged and sank a midget submarine at 06:37. In spite of reporting its action, this did not result in a general U.S. alert. At least two other miniature submarines were involved in the raid.
The first air wave struck at 07:48. A second wave followed. A third wave was debated, but not launched.
The first air strikes happened about 7:30 am Hawaii time. Wyoming is three hours ahead of Hawaii (less than I'd have guessed) making the local time here about 10:30 a.m. on that Sunday morning. The national radio networks began to interrupt their programming about 12:30. On NBC the announcement fell between Sammy Kaye's Sunday Serenade and the University of Chicago Round Table, which was featuring a program on Canada at war. On NBC the day's episode of Great Plays was interrupted for their announcement. CBS had just begun to broadcast The World Today which actually headlined with their announcement fairly seamlessly.
2010 Lighting ceremony held in Washington D.C. for the Capitol Christmas Tree, which this year came from the Bridger Teton National Forest.