Today, Thursday December 7th, marks the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which led the United States to enter the Second World War. Rising tension between Japan and the United States, as well as multiple invasions by the Japanese into China made conflict between the two countries “inevitable”.
The Japanese attacked the U.S. Naval base in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. The assault took American forces by surprise early in the morning. Americans and United States military forces never expected that Pearl Harbor, 4,000 miles from Japan and 2,000 miles from the U.S. mainland, would be targeted.
The first wave of Japanese fighters fired on the island at 7:55 a.m. Hawaiian time. A total of five additional attacks followed throughout the day, until 9 p.m. that night.
More than 2,400 Americans sailors, soldiers, and civilians died during the attack and another 1,000 were wounded.