August 4th, 2007

Significant events

During WW2, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour: since they hadn't formally declared war at that point (arguably due to a miscommunication), President Roosevelt described this as "a date that will live in infamy". 60-odd years later, I wonder whether that's true; I'm sure that lots of people are familiar with the event, but how many could name the date?

Conversely, it's now been almost 6 years since "9/11", i.e. the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001. I'm sure that most people will remember the date, but I wonder how many of them remember the name of the building. I'm thinking particularly of the younger generation here, who may not have been aware of all the details when it happened. There's a 14 year old who keeps sending me bulk emails (the "forward this to everyone you know!" variety), and his most recent one was relevant to this.

Collapse )

Poll #1033396 Remembering attacks

When did the Japanese attack Pearl Harbour? (Without looking the answer up!)

December 6, 1940
0(0.0%)
December 7, 1940
0(0.0%)
December 6, 1941
2(33.3%)
December 7, 1941
4(66.7%)

How long will people in the USA/UK remember the name of the World Trade Center?

Most people have probably forgotten already
0(0.0%)
5 years
0(0.0%)
10 years
0(0.0%)
25 years
3(50.0%)
50 years
1(16.7%)
100 years
2(33.3%)
Until the eventual heat death of the universe
0(0.0%)