Read FDR's Famous 'Day of Infamy' Speech: President Roosevelt delivers the "Day of Infamy" speech to a joint session of Congress on December 8, 1941. Behind him are Vice President Henry Wallace (left) and Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn. To the right, in uniform, is Roosevelt's son James.
On a quiet afternoon in December 1941, the President was in his study working on his stamp album. The telephone rang, and the White House operator put through the call. FDR learned that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor just before 8 a.m. Hawaii time. Prologue takes you through the various drafts of FDR’s so-called “Day of Infamy” speech, with images of pages with his hand-written changes in wording and updates on Japanese attacks on other U.S. installations in the Pacific.