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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square 1941, Despite the Impending War

On New Year's Eve 1941, thousands of people gathered in Times Square to celebrate the arrival of 1942, unaware of the impending war that many of them would soon be heading off to fight in.
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The Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor just a few weeks prior to this photograph. Thousands of people were in the streets near Times Square celebrating the arrival of 1942, but undoubtedly, quite a large number of the men in this photo would soon be heading off to war in Europe or the Pacific, many not to return.

This is a general view of the throngs of revelers that jammed New York’s Times Square to usher in the new year, Dec. 31, 1941. The view looks north on 44th Street and Broadway. (AP Photo)

Source: Associated Press

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