A day which will live infamy

75 years ago today the U.S. Military Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by air and naval forces of the Empire of Japan, plunging the United States into World War II. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously referred to that fateful day as one which would live in infamy, having altered his originally intended word ‘history’ to infamy. Truly it was just that. And 416,000 American soldiers died in that ensuing conflict. But World War II served another, more positive role in history. It turned the United States from a marginal military force to a World Super Power, and brought the country together like nothing else before or since. That generation has been called “the greatest generation.”

This proves that “every cloud has a silver lining,” a saying that has been around since the classic poet John MIlton pinned it in Comus: A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle in 1634. In spite of the fact that Milton first penned this phrase, it did not become noted as a proverb until Victorian Days. This is only a small taste of the gems found in my popular phrase origin books. This one’s on page 170 of the original Volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. Get yours today at the St Clair publications website, Amazon sites worldwide, Barnes and Noble, or at numerous booksellers online around the world. You can even ask your local bookstore to order you a copy, if you prefer.

Meanwhile, keep America in your thoughts and prayers.