This date will live in infamy …

What do we remember and why?

Today is the 78th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Not a rounded-off number, so it won’t get the attention of, say, the 50th anniversary this summer of the Moon Landing on July 20, 1969.


It helps that a fair number of us were alive that day to remember watching it on grainy b&w T.V. Whereas, far fewer people alive today remember the utter shock of Pearl Harbor. Is it becoming a footnote?

Memories indelibly seared by JFK’s assassination are now collecting social security.

Who remembers Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War One?  Today the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” has been re-purposed into Veterans Day. Was that war to end all wars too ancient? There is no official observance of, for instance, the end of WW2 with the defeat of Japan on August 14-15, 1945.

Does America commemorate the firing on Fort Sumter that began the Civil War? (* Guess the date.) Isn’t that date even more portentous, given the casualties and the stakes (the end of slavery and preservation of the Union)? In any event, the attack on Pearl Harbor is not a national holiday as contrasted with Independence Day. What about Appomattox Courthouse?

⇒ The USA observes 10 federal holidays: New Year’s, Martin Luther King Jr., Washingtons birthday, Memorial Day, Independence, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. (Nepal observes 36 but has a 6-day work week, followed by 21 in India.)

Lest we forget

Here is a thought exercise: What other events should we commemorate as more than trivia of the day? Perhaps officially but as a notch below a federal holiday, with no time off work. We’re looking at events so compelling that one remembers where one was at the time, that resonate still and are likely to in the future.

Comment, respond, what do you think•   Wall Street crash of Black Monday-Tuesday October 28-29, 1929.

•   Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Will the date, indeed, “live in infamy”?

•   D-Day on June 6, 1944. [Corrected] (Why does that anniversary get more attention than the defeat of Japan that ended World War 2 on August 15, 1945?)

•   JFK’s assassination on November 22, 1963. (Is it the passage of time and memory that makes it more noted than Abraham Lincoln’s on April 14, 1865? Surely, a more consequential president.)

•   Men on the moon July 20, 1969.

•   9/11 attacks in 2001 on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the downing of Flight 93. (But not the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915 that killed 1,198 and led to America’s entry into WW1.)

Other affecting occurrences seem less likely to survive living memory. The death of Princess Diana August 31, 1997. (A foreign potentate.) The space shuttle Challenger explosion of January 28, 1986. Nixon resigning on August 9, 1974. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech August 28, 1963. Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. (There’s been so much weather since.) Woodstock? The Beatles on Ed Sullivan?

(* Fort Sumter was fired upon on April 12-13, 1861).

Blaska’s Bottom LineIs there just too much history? Is Christmas Day in danger like Columbus Day? What days should be added?

What do YOU think?


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22 Responses to This date will live in infamy …

  1. George's son says:

    “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve” -Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.

    This is a concept that keeps A-Bob from sleeping at night, RE: Nancy Pelosi’s urge to quickly impeach President Trump.

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  2. Mark Porter says:

    C’mon Dave, you can do better than this. How about 4/30/1975, when the US left Vietnam after a decade that tore the nation apart and continues to this day with every new overseas adventure? Maybe it’s time to commemorate something that made us all wonder exactly what we were all about?

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  3. Tom Paine says:

    Seriously,….we’re into an electrifier\d Mrk Mahindra fireside chat.

    Time to take off the ballet shoes. Football is not for wusses. W had too many of them, hobbled as they were by s l o w reactions. UW will never be national champion material under Chryst.


  4. patrickmoloughlin says:

    Like the king in Amadeus criticizing Mozart’s music with, “too many notes,” we have too much history. What would be a good strategy for reducing the amount of history being produced, literally, on a daily basis? I say, less news less history. Just stop reporting some stuff. Which stuff? Let me decide.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:


      “Just stop reporting some stuff. Which stuff? Let me decide.”

      Let not your heart be troubled; MSLSD, CNN, the NYT, ABC, CBS, NBC, Slate, Mother Jones, Mediate, and Bloomberg, oh yeah BLOOMBERG, et al, are WAY ahead of you!

      The Gotch


    • David Blaska says:

      How about moving the clock ahead to 2021? They did that in the transition from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. In the American colonies, Wednesday 2 September 1752 was followed by Thursday 14 September 1752. A drawback is you would miss the Oscar awards telecast. We could also leave out the Carter years.


  5. Leo says:

    I think we should remember that day in 1787 when the United States constitution was raified and
    the work to understand what it meant an its relevance to a lawbreaking president. And then applythose lessons to Donald J. Trump.


  6. Bob Dane says:

    How about 8 Nov 2016? When I woke up on the morning of 9 Nov the shock that Trump had won was equal to the shock of the JFK assassination and the shock of 9-11. I didn’t vote for either Trump or Hillary, so it was neither happiness nor sadness (although I would love to see video of the moment Hillary learned she lost). Just shock.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @Bob Dane;

      “How about 8 Nov 2016?”

      EXACTLY what The Gotch was thinking!

      Lefty, like a sloppy fat baby with poopy pants, was a collectively fussy little $#!T on the brink before that, but…YOIKES…since???

      Ain’t been purdy; quite the opposite, actually.

      With COMPLETE absence of forbearance, self-awareness, or any semblance of descent restraint whatsoever, Lefty has dangerously immersed themselves into a catatonic, apoplectic, pillow-biting, pants $#!tting, bed wetting, wind-sucking, chest palpitating, vital sign triggering, mouth-breathing, weenie-whiny, simpering-whimpering, complete metaphysical, emotional, existential, psychological, philosophical, full-throated, freaking out, melting down, totally collapsing free-fall..

      Not an enviable state of affairs for those perilously close to the dark abyss to begin with, am I right?

      Ask yourself; has Lefty gotten better, stayed the same, or gotten worse?

      The Gotch


  7. AnonyBob says:

    I’d gladly trade either Washington’s Birthday or Columbus Day for a federal holiday – nobody works – on Election Day.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:


      Why? Lefty’s approach to their base, in the service of keeping them trapped in perpetual dependence, is to promise them more More MORE high quality/quantity free $#!T…with a heapin’ helpin’ of class envy and unearned entitlement to boot!

      And the fact that many are…um…unaffiliated employment-wise (despite The Donald’s robust economy making that less of an excuse all the time) giving them the day off would be superfluous; they’ll still be voting early, often, and (at times) illegally.

      The Gotch


      • AnonyBob says:

        Why? Because the biggest thing you guys and the GOP fear is lots of people voting. Lots and lots of people voting, high turnout. All colors. (!) Because the more people vote, the more Democrats win. That’s why your side is so worked up about non-existent voter fraud and works to suppress voting.


        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:


          “Because the biggest thing you guys and the GOP fear is lots of people voting.”

          The Gotch is on record wanting everyone that is LEGALLY empowered to vote, [“All colors. (!)” and all other…um…distinctions included], to be able to do so…ONCE.

          This I fervently aver despite the regrettable fact that many of them are quite stupid, with some of the reasons listed above.

          Bribing the intellectually fragile with Oother People’s Money violates all manner of propriety and probity; not only that, but it’s existentially, philosophically, emotionally, metaphysically, and psychologically wrong.

          Apparently to anyone but Lefty.

          To wit:

          “Ignorance is not something that lends itself to a meaningful discussion […] SOME OF THESE PEOPLE REALLY SHOULDN’T VOTE, BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THE ISSUES ARE.” (bolds/caps mine)

          Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, EIB’s El Rushbo, The Donald, The Gotch?

          None of the above; it was Über Lefty Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and, heh, take a wild guess to whom he was referring?

          It gets worse.

          Democrats have ABANDONED ALL BUT A SEMBLANCE OF COMITY as they press forward quickly to charge the president with high crimes and misdemeanors.” (bolds/caps mine)

          Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, EIB’s El Rushbo, The Donald, The Gotch, 2.0?

          The bedrock Conservative New York Times.

          When you’re up to your @$$ in alligators, you forget that all you really wanted to do was drain the swamp.

          One more thing; voter fraud is non-existent?

          Anyone with ~ half-a-brain knows that’s not even close to being true, far from it; to an anyone that inhabits a fact-based Universe, leastways.

          We have DAMNING video/audio proof/examples of it from right here in America’s Dairyland.

          The Gotch


        • Sprocket says:

          Believe in your dreams Bob. One glorious day all the potential Democratic voters will put down their crack pipes, figure out how to get an ID, and shamble out of public housing, go down to the polls and usher in the worker’s paradise. This of course will never happen. Which is why they’ve shifted tracks to the Demographics is Destiny plan and gone all in on the anchor baby vote.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Let’s see your evidence, Mr. Big Brain, about voter fraud (fraudulent propaganda from James “Mr. Credibility” O’Keefe isn’t evidence of anything besides your prejudices). It doesn’t exist outside of the fear filled minds of old white conservative guys seeing their hegemony evaporate. There’s been only a minuscule number of examples, statistically completely insignificant (and they’ve often been GOP voters). Basically it doesn’t exist. Yet you guys purge 100,000’s from voter rolls, require ID unnecessarily, reduce hours and locations for early voting (especially in minority areas), etc. So yes, the GOP fears the ballot box when lots of people use it.
          Don’t let “the fact filled universe” hit ya on the way out.


        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          Voter fraud a MYTH?

          Not exactly!

          @AnonyBob: “Make that real real mean Inconvenient Truth go away…Just_Go_Away!!!. Oh; and what Über-Lefty Scottie Foval Was_Filmed_AND_Recorded_Saying? That’s simply not true because it the film/audio was produced by someone I don’t like!!!”

          The Gotch


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Would you “gladly trade in” MLK Day? Or just the day celebrating the nasty old slaveholder who happened to be our first president? Or the one celebrating the nasty old European who ushered in the genocide of Native Americans?


      • AnonyBob says:

        Sorry, Professor, but as holidays go, they’re unremarkable and boring. Admit it. Nobody’d miss them.


      • @AnonyBob lacks the temperament, fortitude, & requisite gray matter to be a Righty, but if that were the case, and he advocated for getting rid of MLK, Jr. Day, he’d immediately be twitter-swarmed as a bigoted, hateful RACIST.

        Now that I think about it, accounting for the consistently rich, lengthy, bigoted, hateful RACIST history of the democrat Party, he still could be saddled with that reference.

        Anywho, I imagine he’s content to celebrate April 15th (which provides the pecuniary wherewithal to fund a profligate base) and Indigenous Peoples Day, despite the FACT that Columbus never came within hundreds miles of what is now the good ol’ U. S. of A.

        To no one’s surprise, being a Lefty doesn’t require a brain, just an ANS to carry out their handler’s latest whim.

        The Gotch


  8. madisonexpat says:

    Gee whiz ABob, Kamala says voters aren’t willing to vote for a woman of color and can only be referring to Dem primary voters. High black employment stats and record numbers of new business start ups by Latinos are gonna harelip the Dem plantation bosses.
    Think the Repubs will not want POC votes? Think these minorities want to vote for Pocahonkey ‘you didn’t build that?’ or Corn Pop Joe?
    Me neither.


  9. Balboa says:

    I do remember when they shot the man who wore the black arm band and said peace would last forever.

    Monday Night December 8th, 1980 RIP the Walrus

    Howard Cosell: In case the folks missed the earlier newsflash, ABC News has confirmed that John Lennon, a member of the famed Beatles, maybe the best known member, was shot twice in the back outside of his apartment on the upper Westside of New York tonight; rushed to the Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival. An unspeakable tragedy; details on “Nightline” 30 minutes after the conclusion of this contest.

    –Howard Cosell repeating earlier bulletin announcing death of former Beatle John Lennon (December 8, 1980)
    Frank Gifford: Third down, four. Foreman … it’ll be fourth down. Cavanaugh will let it run down for one final attempt, he’ll let the seconds tick off to give Miami no opportunity whatsoever. (whistle blows) Timeout is called with three seconds remaining, John Smith is on the line. And I don’t care what’s on the line, Howard, you have got to say what we know in the booth.
    Howard Cosell: Yes, we have to say it. Remember this is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City: John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City. The most famous perhaps, of all of The Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival. Hard to go back to the game after that news flash, which, in duty bound, we have to take. Frank?
    Frank Gifford: (after a pause) Indeed, it is.

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