This Day in Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

December 6, 1941

All was relatively calm across America on December 6. Life was improving for many people affected by the Great Depression, and Christmas was getting close.

Everything changed the next day. The Imperial Japanese Navy bombed Pearl Harbor, killing 2,402 Americans and devastating the country’s naval fleet. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed that the day would “live in infamy.” On December 8, he declared war on Japan, bringing the biggest military in the world into World War II.

December 6 was the last day St. Bonaventure University would have a normal day. Many students left college to join the military.


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