December 7th, 1941 began merely like another bright day at the United States Naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii until the Japanese fighter planes hit the U.S. Naval base at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time. The attack is considered to be the worst and deadliest in the history of the United States.
Some of the facts about the attack on Pearl Harbor are:
Fact 1: The Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii was attacked by Japanese fighter planes on December 7th, 1941. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in an attempt to prevent the United Statesâ€™ Pacific fleet from interfering in their planned invasions into Southeast Asia.
Fact 2: The United States of America declared war on Japan soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Fact 3: The assault on Pearl harbor lasted for more than 2 hours destroying 188 airplanes and killing 2,402 American soldiers with another 1,282 servicemen wounded. Around five battleships were sunk damaging several dozens of other vessels.
Fact 4: Around 60 civilians were also killed in the attacked leaving 30 wounded.
Fact 5: The Pearl Harbor attack led the United States of America to declare war on Japan and enter into World War II.
Fact 6: The Japanese fighter planes hit Pearl Harbor around 7:55 a.m. Â and the bombing lasted till 9:45 a.m. killing more than 60 Japanese men.
Fact 7: The plan for the attacks on Pearl Harbor was initiated by Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto and executed by Commander Minoru Genda.
Fact 8: The code name used for the attack on Pearl Harbor was â€œOperation Z.â€
Fact 9: The reason for choosing the attack on a Sunday morning was because the Japanese felt that Americans would be less alert on a weekend. Many U.S. servicemen were having their morning breakfast when the Japanese aircraft hit the U.S. Naval base.
Fact 10: The U.S. Government declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941.