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Across The Fence: '... a date that will live in infamy.'


"Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941, a date that will live in world history." So read the first line of the draft handed to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the morning of Dec. 8, 1941.

The original draft of that speech shows that President Roosevelt drew a sharp line through the words "world history" and boldly wrote "infamy." That speech and its opening line has been indelibly etched on the collective memories of generations of Americans. Its consequences have been carved in the names, dates and ranks on hundreds of thousands of white granite stones in military cemeteries throughout the world.


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