This Day in History: Pearl Harbor Is Bombed
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This Day in History:, Pearl Harbor Is Bombed.
December 7, 1941.
360 Japanese warplanes carried
out the Sunday morning surprise attack
on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor.
2,400 Americans were killed in the attack.
Another 1,200 were wounded.
Five U.S. battleships,
three destroyers and seven other ships
were either destroyed or sunk.
Japan lost fewer than 100 men during the attack.
The next day, following President Franklin Roosevelt's
"Infamy" speech, Congress recognized
a state of war between the U.S. and Japan.
America had entered World War II.
Three days later, war was declared on
the U.S. by Germany and Italy.
The American contribution
to the successful Allied war
effort cost more than
400,000 American lives