On December 7, 1941, Lauren Bruner was getting ready for church on his battleship in Honolulu, Hawaii. Suddenly, an alarm sounded. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had begun.
Mr. Bruner scampered up five stories by ladder. He was responsible for using the huge guns at the top of those ladders. But before he got there, bullets hit his left leg. Nine minutes later, the ship sank. Mr. Bruner escaped with terrible burns. But more than 2,300 other servicemen died in the attack. After the attack, the United States joined World War II.
This year, Mr. Bruner is 96 years old. He is remembering the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. So are other Americans. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has even said he will visit Pearl Harbor later this month with President Obama.
Where did that big dent in Pluto come from? Astronomer Douglas Hamilton has an idea.
Mr. Hamilton and his team used computer modeling to guess what Pluto may have looked like long ago. He thinks an ice cap formed early in Pluto’s history. The huge amounts of ice got too heavy for the land. The land slumped. Now Pluto has a 600-mile-wide basin in that spot. You can see it on the left part of the heart shape in this picture.
The New Horizons spacecraft visited Pluto last year and captured this image. Now it is traveling to a smaller object beyond Pluto. More discoveries ahead!
12 Days of Cost
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to receive all the gifts from the song “Twelve Days of Christmas”? PNC Financial Services can tell you how much it would cost to buy it for someone else.
As you sing the song, imagine writing a huge shopping list. First you would have to buy a partridge. This year, partridges cost $20. Then you would buy a pear tree. That costs $190. And you would just be getting started! By the end of the list, you would have to buy 12 drummers drumming. That costs $2,934 per performance.
Every year, PNC calculates the cost of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” gifts. It’s a fun way for them to measure how prices have gone up and down. This year, the price went up $233 from last year. If you bought every single gift, you would spend a whopping $34,363!
The Winner Is . . .
On a dreary, wet night in New York City, a crowd gives a huge, happy roar. Magnus Carlsen has just become world chess champion—again!
Mr. Carlsen comes from Norway. Wednesday, the night he won the championship, marked his 26th birthday. What a way to celebrate! His opponent, Russian player Sergey Karjakin gave him a good fight during the many-day match.
Pippa Millstone lives in Manhattan. She is nine. She has watched the chess tournament four times. "Magnus is my hero,” she says, “because he takes risks.”
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