Today in History
December 07, 1941
On December 7, 1941—a "date which will live in infamy" as President Franklin D. Roosevelt would later proclaim—Japan launches a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor on Oahu Island, Hawaii. The first wave of Japanese torpedo planes, bombers and fighters reach the harbor at 7:55 AM. devastating the anchored U.S. ships and the aircraft parked on the nearby airfields. More than 2,300 Americans are killed in the attack. The United States' already strained relations with Japan are sunk, and the following day Congress, at the request of President Roosevelt, declares war on Japan.
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