Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: Looking Back on December 7, 1941

80 years ago, Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese forces, leaving more than 3,400 casualties and pushing the US to join the Allies in World War II.

Japan launched a surprise attack by aircraft and submarines on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.

More than 2,400 Americans were killed and more than 1,000 wounded in the bombings. More than 300 aircraft and 19 Navy ships, including 8 battleships, were damaged or destroyed.

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The next day, America declared war on Japan. In asking Congress for a Declaration of War, President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously called the attack “a day to live in disgrace.”

On December 11, 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. The United States, in turn, declared war on the Axis, joining the Allies in World War II.

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