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Cornelia Fort (1919-1943): Pilot and Patriot
Cornelia Fort (1919-1943): Pilot and Patriot

Dec. 7, 2021 - Early on Dec. 7, 1941 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Cornelia Fort, 22, was doing what she loved to do. She was in the air instructing a student pilot how to fly a bright blue and yellow Interstate Cadet, a training aircraft. As they were preparing to land, she suddenly grabbed control of the airplane from her student to avoid being hit by a Japanese military plane. The U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor was under a surprise attack.

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Today In History

December 7

2020: Brig. Gen. Charles "Chuck" Yeager, ace pilot during World War II and first pilot to break the sound barrier during a flight on Oct. 14, 1947, died. He was 97.

1972: Apollo 17, the last Apollo mission to the moon, launched after midnight with astronauts Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, Ron Evans and Gene Cernan. Schmitt was a trained geologist, the only geologist among the Apollo astronauts who went to the moon.

1941: Japan launched a surprise attack on the United States at the U.S. Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. Library of Congress: More than 2,300 Americans were killed during the attack. The U.S.S. Arizona was completely destroyed and the U.S.S. Oklahoma capsized. A total of twelve ships sank or were beached in the attack and nine additional vessels were damaged. More than 160 aircraft were destroyed and more than 150 others damaged. The next day, the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his famous "Day of Infamy" speech to a joint session of Congress and the nation.
   

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