On This Day, November 3

On November 3, 1941, the Combine Japanese Fleet receive Top-Secret Order No. 1: In 34 days time, Pearl Harbor is to be bombed, along with Mayala, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines. The Japanese military had long dominated Japanese foreign affairs; although official negotiations between the U.S. secretary of state and his Japanese counterpart to ease tensions were ongoing, Hideki Tojo, the minister of war who would soon be prime minister, had no intention of withdrawing from captured territories. He also construed the American “threat” of war as an ultimatum and prepared to deliver the first blow in a Japanese-American confrontation: the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The attack on December 7 killed more than 2,300 Americans. It completely destroyed the American battleship U.S.S. Arizona and capsized the U.S.S. Oklahoma. The attack sank or beached a total of twelve ships and damaged nine others. 160 aircraft were destroyed and 150 others damaged. The attack took the country by surprise, especially the ill-prepared Pearl Harbor base. Find Pearl Harbor at the library, in OverDrive, and on hoopla.


Jannell Cannon, Children’s writer and illustrator was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 3, 1957.  She has always admired animals of all kinds, but she focused mainly on those animals who have been misunderstood or neglected. Through her drawings and writings, she made these animals seem relatable and approachable. Jannell took their physical appearance and made them into a character that learns about life and also teaches readers a lesson in morals as well. She had a love for bats, Komodo dragons, spiders, and snakes. Find Stellaluna at the library.


Glenn Miller records String of Pearls, Nov 3, 1941. Other charts recorded in that session include Humpty Dumpty Heart (v Eberle), Ev’rything I Love (v Eberle), Day Dreaming (v Eberle and the Modernaires), Long Tall Mama and Baby Mine (v Eberle)

Band Roster:
Trumpets: Billy May, Alec Fila, Dale McMickle, Johnny Best
Trombones: Glenn Miller, Jimmy, Priddy, Paul Tanner, Frank, D’Annolfo
Reeds: Tex Beneke, Ernie Caceres, Wilbur Schwartz, Irving Babe Russin, Al Klinck.
Rhythm: Chummy MacGregor (p), Bobby Hacket (g, cornet), Doc Goldberg (b), Maurice Purtill (d)

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