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TWTD Archive – December 7th, 1991

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Originally broadcast WNIB
Saturday, December 7, 1991 

Beginning a four-year series of broadcasts from 1991-1995 commemorating the 50thanniversary of World War II. 

THE WORLD TODAY (12-7-41) John Daly anchors the network news on the day of the attack against Pearl Harbor. At the time of this broadcast, there has been no “official” word from the White House. Original broadcast from 2:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC (12-7-41) Excerpt. John Daly interrupts the concert with the official announcement from the White House. Deems Taylor’s usual intermission commentary is cancelled to present a recap of the events at Pearl Harbor. Reports from Honolulu and Washington and an announcement that all Armed Forces personnel are ordered to report for duty in the morning. 

CBS NEWS SPECIAL (12-8-41) Complete coverage of the Joint Session of Congress as President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks for a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan. This is FDR’s “Day of Infamy” speech. Originally broadcast at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. 

FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-9-41) Fibber gets a discount at the Wistful Vista Department Store. Program opens with the latest war news and ends with a word to stay tuned for a message from the President of the United States and the singing of “My Country ‘tis of Thee.” 

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (12-9-41) The president in his first wartime Fireside Chat, on all networks. He describes the events leading to the attack on Pearl Harbor, warns the public to beware of rumors and tells listeners he does not yet know the full extent of the damage at Pearl Harbor. He talks about Axis “sneak attacks without warning” and sets the tone and the challenge for all Americans. Originally broadcast at 10 p.m. Eastern time.