On December 7, 1941, the Pearl Harbor attack  took place, killing 2,403 Americans and starting World War II in the United States.



On this day in history, December 7, 1941, Imperial Japan launched a devastating surprise attack on the U.S.

Navy and other military assets at Pearl Harbor, awakening a "sleeping giant" and launching an enraged America into World War II.

According to the National World War II Museum. Japanese firepower bombarded American ships and personnel for almost two hours.

The brutal attack by aircraft carrier-borne warplanes destroyed or damaged 347 aircraft.

Sank or damaged 21 American warships, including the USS Arizona and USS Oklahoma, and resulted in the deaths of 2,403 Americans.

The United States of America was abruptly and deliberately attacked by naval and aviation forces of the Empire of Japan

yesterday,December 7, 1941, a date that will live in infamy, declared President Franklin D.  Roosevelt the following day while requesting a war declaration from Congress.

Japanese weaponry rained down on American ships and personnel for almost two hours. The attack on Pearl Harbor turned out to be the biggest military error ever.

On December 7, 1941, Japan wanted to startle the American populace into submission.