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On This Day…07.12

By ATWadmin On December 7th, 2006

1787 – Delaware becomes the first state of the United States of America.

1817 – Death of Captain William Bligh, captain of British ship The Bounty, which was taken over by mutineers led by Fletcher Christian.

1941 – On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, American neutrality in World War II ends when Japanese forces conduct a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Over 400 planes from six Japanese carriers bombed the harbour and airfield, and within two hours much of the American Pacific fleet was rendered useless.

1967 – American singer Otis Redding records ‘Dock of the Bay’ – three days before being killed in a plane crash.

1989 – A gunman, claiming to hate feminists, massacres 14 women at the University of Montreal.

1997 – The British children’s TV phenomenon, the Teletubbies, moves to new heights when their first record, Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh, reaches Number One.  It remains at the top spot during Christmas of that year.

7 Responses to “On This Day…07.12”

  1. <Q>Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh, reaches Number One.</Q>

    One for the ATW jukebox ?

  2. It was the same year the Spice Girls were launched on us – i don’t know which of the 2 events is the real cultural low 😉

  3. The Pearl Harbor thing worked out for both sides of the Atlantic in the long run…. At least it put an end to the isolationist feelings of the day over here.

    Joint British/US planning started in April of the next year, with Eisenhower showing up in August of 42. Still it took 2 more years for the invasion of France to be carried out.

    We may be two people separated by a common language, but we usually do work well together when it really matters.

  4. Thinking of our "greatest ally" on the 65th anniversary of our greatest peril:


    Together we win and the world is a better place. Apart we lose and evil triumphs!

    Britain remains our anchor and our rock in Europe and throughout the world. We remember.

  5. There must still be many stil alive who were caught up in Pearl Harbour.

  6. I LOVE Dock of the Bay

  7. Colm – now you have done it – The spice Girls will put David into melt down!