THIS DATE IN his­tory

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

Dec. 7

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.

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