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Dec. 9, 1941

In the wake of Pearl Harbor, the United States declares war on Japan.

Across the Pacific Northwest, there is fear of an enemy attack, and air raid sirens warn citizens of perceived danger.

Portland schools are working on evacuation drills.

In sports, Pacific Coast Conference officials, meeting in Palm Springs, Calif., decide to carry on with business as usual. That means the Duke-Oregon State Rose Bowl game will be played in Pasadena, as scheduled, unless the government requests a change (the game will wind up being played in Durham, N.C.).

Some local events, including a boxing card at the Portland Armory, are called off, and a Portlander who is captain of the Yale football team, Alan Bartholemy, enlists in the Navy.