On this day in 1941, Adm. Harold R. Stark, U.S. chief of naval operations, tells Adm. Husband E. Kimmel, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, that both President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull think a Japanese surprise attack is a distinct possibility. “We are likely to be attacked next Monday, for the Japs are notorious for attacking without warning,” Roosevelt had informed his Cabinet. “We must all prepare for trouble, possibly soon,” he telegraphed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Despite the fact that so many in positions of command anticipated a Japanese attack, especially given the failure of diplomacy (Japan refused U.S. demands to withdraw from both the Axis pact and occupied territories in China and Indochina), no one expected Hawaii as the target. Find out more about Pearl Harbor at the library and on hoopla.
Charlaine Harris Schulz, New York Times bestselling mystery and horror author, and creator of the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse series, about a telepathic barmaid and a group of vampires and other supernatural creatures in small-town Louisiana, was born in Tunica, Mississippi on November 25, 1951. Though her early work consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, . Her later books have been in the urban fantasy genre. She is best known for The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, which HBO later adapted for its dramatic series entitled True Blood. Find Sookie at the library, on hoopla and in OverDrive
Marc Tolon Brown, author and illustrator of children’s books, and best known as the writer and illustrator of the Arthur book series, was born in Erie, PA on November 25, 1945. Find Arthur at the library.