The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

70th Anniversary Of Attack On Pearl Harbor

Today is the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on U.S. armed forces in and around Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as well as other American territories acrose the Pacific.  This event marked the beginning of the official U.S. entry into World War II.  Many organizations are observing this anniversary with the note that, due to the passage of time, the survivors of this event, and the veterans of the war, are steadily declining in number.  Below, from the Internet Archive, is a recording of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech to the U.S. Congress on December 8, 1941, in which he declares the previous day "a date which will live in infamy," and requests that Congress declare war on Japan.

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