Thursday, December 8, 2016
The "Day of Infamy" Speech
33 minutes after the speech was over, Congress voted to declare war on the Empire of Japan. Within a few more hours, the formal written declaration was presented to the President for signing.
I'll bet that very few nowadays have listened to the entire speech.
It's estimated that 81% of American households listened to the speech, which worked out to nearly every home with a radio. It was broadcast by loudspeaker into factories and city streets.