December 7th, 1941 (75 years ago)

History of Pearl Harbor Attack

75 years ago


Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.

We as people prefer to not look at things that are terrible. We want to look away. But the fact remains these type of events happen and we must always learn from them and do our best to remember history and ensure they do not happen again.

While watching the history of WWII with Germany the History Channel showed the history of WWI and how events from that war actually caused WWII. For instance, General Douglas MacArthur was an American five-star general who was also a soldier in WWI. General George Patton was also in WWI. If either of these men were killed in WWI, how would that have effected WWII.

Adolf Hitler was a soldier in WWI. He almost died several times such as during a gas attack, then he was temporarily was blinded, and towards the end of WWI was in the sights of a British soldier. If that soldier would have fired his weapon, Hitler would never had existed for WWII. But the British soldier let him go. History makes one wonder the what if.

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Energy saving tip

FYI – Energy saving story to share. An idea for others to save because it all adds up over time.

The end of the Sept billing cycle I purchased $120 worth of LED light bulbs from Lowes. They were the Utilitech LED Bulbs These are the daylight ones who have a brighter white light vs the soft while which displays a more yellow tint. The color is a matter of preference. Daylight vs soft white. The link for Lowe’s shows the Daylight.

I replaced every bulb in our home to include all florescent ones with these LED bulbs. My electric bill last month was $140. This month it was $61.21. I did run the AC some in Sept and very little in Oct so that accounts for some drop.

The November bill (even with having Thanksgiving and cooking turkeys in an electric oven) was still only $67.79 so the savings over a 2 or 3 month period will easily pay for the bulbs.

In order to get better idea knowing less AC always makes the bill drop, I went back to Jan 2014 billing history to review all the data I could over a longer period of time. The $61 bill for October and the $67 bill for November were to two lowest bills I have had in 36 months.

I just wanted to share my story in case you ever wondered if it would save much money. The LED bulbs when first on the market were expensive but have been dropping in price to make them more affordable. Something to consider. More money in your pockets vs their pockets.

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Did you know there are sex offenders living within just a few miles of Claiborne Estates? If you have monitoring services you can get alerts of anyone who is a registered sex offender moving into the area close by. Two new ones are less than 3 miles from here. Here is a way to search your area.

Sex Offender local search

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