THIS DATE IN history
In 1907, Christmas Seals were sold for the first time in the United States to help fight tuberculosis. The seals went on sale for the first time ever in Denmark in 1904 and were the idea of Copenhagen postman Einar Holboell. The seals first appeared in Canada in 1908. In 1941, Japanese planes began their attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor (Hawaii). Over 300 Japanese planes from aircraft carriers attacked in waves. Eight battleships were sunk or disabled, and almost 200 planes were destroyed before they could get off the ground. About 2,500 soldiers and civilians were killed. Hours later, Canada declared war on Japan — the first of the Western allies to do so. The United States, Britain and other Allied countries followed the next day. The United States declared war on Japan’s allies Germany and Italy on Dec. 11.