On December 7, 1941, 72 years ago it was a quiet Sunday morning in the lagoon harbor, Pearl Harbor, on the Island of Oahu west if Honolulu. A little before 8:00 a.m. the Japanese launched a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. According to Wikipedia, “Ninety minutes after it began, the attack was over, as 2,386 Americans died, . . . a further 1,139 wounded. Eighteen ships were sunk or run aground, including five battleships.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it “a day which will live in infamy.”
Some seem to suggest that may not be so. I know from personal experience how little it resonates today. A few years back around this time I was chatting with a young prosecutor who had just joined our staff. Now this person had been to high school, college, and law school and had passed the bar examination. I said to her pretty much out of the blue: “I heard something on the radio about Pearl Harbor. Have you ever heard of that.” She smiled and used the smile as a method to give herself some time to ponder the question. At last she replied that she had. I asked her what she had heard. She said, “I think it is a place somewhere in Japan.” I thought “so much for living in infamy.”
December 7, 2013, it was not a quiet Saturday evening in the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. A little after 8:00 p.m. the Blue Devils launched a sneak attack against Florida State. After 60 minutes of playing time had elapsed, Duke had destroyed Florida State. Ita chance at a national championship was sunk.
For Florida it is a day which will live in infamy. On the verge of a national title game it had it stolen away from it by the Blue Devils.