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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

To see more of the Pearl Harbor Memorial, visit photos posted from the Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial location pages.

On Dec. 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy,” 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes took off in two waves from six aircraft carriers and headed to the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Their attack on Pearl Harbor surprised the Americans. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed, 2,402 Americans were killed, and 1,282 wounded. The following day, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his “Infamy Speech,” and an hour later the United States declared war upon the Empire of Japan, officially entering into World War II.

Pearl Harbor, known to Hawaiians as Puʻuloa, is still in full use today and remains the homeport of the US Pacific Fleet. It is also home to the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin submarine museum, and the USS Missouri ship museum, which visitors can tour.

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André Derain, Charing Cross Bridge

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André Derain, Charing Cross Bridge

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Gustave Caillebotte, Le petit bras de la Seine à Argenteuil

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Gustave Caillebotte, Le petit bras de la Seine à Argenteuil

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Millions Drawn to Lyon’s Fête des Lumières

Want to see more dazzling luminescent art? Visit the #fêtedeslumières & #fdl2012 hashtag pages.

Fête des Lumières, or the Festival of Lights, takes place in Lyon, France, every year around December 8th for four days. The Festival of Lights is the most popular event in Lyon, drawing crowds of several million into the city’s illuminated streets each year. It includes over 80 lighting scenes all across the city of Lyon including the Place de la République, Place Bellecour, Place des Terreaux, Marches de la Guillotière, & the Place de la Bourse. The celebration unveils the architectural treasures of the city in a beautiful and unique way.

Fête des Lumières’ origins date back to 1643 when the inhabitants of Lyon were struck by the plague and spared. During the outbreak, the city council promised to pay tribute to the Virgin Mary should she save them, so every year on December 8th candles were lit and offerings were given in her name. The tradition of families placing burning candles on windowsills is still observed today, in addition to the extravagant and professionally run light performances.

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John William Godward, An Auburn Beauty

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John William Godward, An Auburn Beauty