By Wyatt Earp | September 9, 2009
Okay, this is a pretty good one if I do say so myself. It also contains another little known historical fact, and explains a little about why Oregonians are a little “off.” Oh yeah, I’m getting hate mail from Oregon in 3 . . . 2 . . .
Yeah, it probably has something to do with that Japanese attack in World War II. What? You didn’t hear?
September 9, 1942 – Japanese Bomb U.S. Mainland
On this day in 1942, a Japanese floatplane drops incendiary bombs on an Oregon state forest-the first and only air attack on the U.S. mainland in the war.
Launching from the Japanese sub I-25, Nobuo Fujita piloted his light aircraft over the state of Oregon and firebombed Mount Emily, alighting a state forest–and ensuring his place in the history books as the only man to ever bomb the continental United States. The president immediately called for a news blackout for the sake of morale. No long-term damage was done, and Fujita eventually went home to train navy pilots for the rest of the war. (H/T – History.com)
Wow, great attack there, Nobuo. Ranks right up there with Pearl Harbor and Dunkirk.
By the way, imagine the furor if the president called for a news blackout in this day and age. Two words: Instant impeachment.