Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: 75th Anniversary of ‘A Date Which Will Live in Infamy’ (Washington Post)

Wreckage of the USS Arizona. This image is part of a series of photographs from the U.S. Senate investigation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, and included among the papers of Ralph Owen Brewster, held by the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.

Seventy-five years ago today, December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy,” President Roosevelt would say, planes from the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, launching the United States fully into World War II. The George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives holds several Pearl Harbor photographs as well as the  papers of U.S. Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster, of the Class of 1909, who sat on the Joint Committee to Investigate the Pearl Harbor Attack.

And with thanks to Secretary of Development and College Relations and de facto College historian John Cross ’76, we pass along the names of alumni known to have been stationed at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago:

John E. French 21, Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy, was killed in action at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, on the U.S.S. Arizona. Of the 1,400 on the Arizona, 1,170 perished in the attack. French was a World War I veteran of the U.S. Navy as well.

Stanley W. Allen 39, Ensign in the U.S. Navy, was killed in action at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, on the battleship U.S.S. Oklahoma.

Philip M. Johnson 40, Lieutenant (junior grade) in the U.S. Naval Reserve, was cited for meritorious service at Pearl Harbor on the destroyer U.S.S. Henley. The Henley was one of the first ships to maneuver into position to screen American ships from torpedo and aircraft fire after the initial attack. In October 1943 in New Guinea the Henley was hit by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine, breaking Johnson’s right leg and throwing him into the water. He was rescued after 14 hours in the water. He died December 1, 2006.

“Japan’s bold strike is now largely seen as an act of ‘strategic imbecility,'” writes Ishaan Tharoor, who covers foreign affairs for The Washington Post. Read more in the article, “75 years ago, what if Japan never attacked Pearl Harbor?

Reed Hasting’s Netflix Beats Trump to Top 2016 ‘Marketer of the Year’ List (Ad Age)

Reed Hastings in Pickard Theater, March 2016

Reed Hastings in Pickard Theater, March 2016

Netflix, the content streaming giant that practically invented binge-watching, has hooked us on everything from murderous politicians and things that live in the upside-down to marvelous superheroes and fast-talking mother-daughter duos.

Netflix, of which Reed Hastings ’83 is cofounder and CEO, tops Advertising Age’s Marketer of the Year list. Netflix had some serious competition, beating out President-elect Donald Trump and  Pokemon. Read about the 10 brands singled-out for highly effective work this year.

Open-Web Advocates Prepare for Trump Presidency (The Atlantic)

Social media256Despite his social media presence, President-elect Donald Trump has yet to demonstrate an understanding of technology issues, particularly regarding net neutrality.

Net neutrality refers to open-web principles that hope to inhibit certain companies’ advantages in how people access in the internet. Open-web advocates are preparing for a new “policy war” as Trump’s opinions on net neutrality waver. Read more.

Setting More Places at the Periodic Table: Do You Know the Names of the Four Newest Elements? (Smithsonian)

chemical flasks with reagentsThis past January, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry added four new elements to the periodic table. After months of speculation, the IUPAC has revealed the official name proposals: nihonium, moscovium, tennessine, and oganesson.

The IUPAC will submit the names for a five-month public review before inscribing them onto the periodic table. Read more.