President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his famous Infamy Speech to
Congress, one day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
Thought to be one
of the most famous American political speeches of the 20th Century,
President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Infamy" speech to Congress on
December 8, 1941, was in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor Naval
Base in Hawaii the previous day by the Empire of Japan.
speech, which would signal the United States involvement in World War
II, would have a long lasting effect. Within an hour after his short
speech, Congress declared War. It was heard by the largest
audience in US radio history and pulled the nation together and away
from their fear and dismay only hours previous.
The Day of
Infamy Speech lasted a little over seven minutes and began at 12:30pm
Eastern, December 8, 1941 in front of a joint session of Congress.