07 December 2008

67th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941

Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as seen from a Japanese aircraft during the attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Dec. 7, 1941.(National Archives, Washington, D.C.)

A U.S. battleship sinks during the Pearl Harbor attack
(National Archives, Washington, D.C.)

Today is the 67th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Today is a Sunday. In 1941 it was also a Sunday.

Pearl Harbor
In the early morning hours of December 7, 1941 , the Imperial Japanese navy launched a surprise attack against the United States' naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii .
At 7:58 A.M., the alarm went out: "Air raid, Pearl Harbor. This is not drill!".

Over 2,400 Americans perished as a result, and over 1,200 were injured. As a result of this act, then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the grim decision to enter the United States in World War II to fight with the Allies against the Axis powers.

Related Links:
1. Pearl Harbor Attack 1941 - http://history.sandiego.edu
2. The Attack on Pearl Harbor - http://www.time.com/time/photogallery

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