December 1941

US and World Events plus Additional Resources


Draft of the “Day of Infamy” Speech. December 7, 1941.


A few hours after learning of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the President dictated a short address to be delivered to a Joint Session of Congress the following day. His handwritten revisions—visible in this December 7 draft of the speech—made the “Day of Infamy” speech one of the most memorable in American history.


Read more about the drafting of this significant speech.