Iconic Presidential Moments - Franklin D. Roosevelt (Pearl Harbor)

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

There are images that will stay with us forever. From FDR notifying the world that the U.S. had entered WWII, to Obama's trademark fist bump at the Democratic National Convention, these scenes depict modern-day leaders doing their jobs. Whether they be funny, awe-inspiring, or sad, each of the following pictures captures a moment in time that both validates and transcends our personal experience and reminds us of our shared history.

Catherine McNiff

Franklin D. Roosevelt
"A date which will live in infamy"
FDR infamy speech
The day after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his famous speech in front of a joint session of Congress and, via radio, the nation. His words were answered by a Congressional declaration of war and the United States' entry into WWII . “Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
Photo source: United States National Archives
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