The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a day that US President Franklin D. Roosevelt said would “live in infamy”. It would eventually bring the United States into World War II, albeit with a decimated Pacific Fleet from the Japanese surprise attack.
What Happened 81 Years Ago Today
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was the result of decades of Tokyo’s degrading relationship with the US and the threat that Washington would enter World War II on the side of the Allies.
The day after the attack, the US declared war on Japan and three days later on Germany. A massive mobilization effort followed, and a wave of anti-Japanese suspicion led President Roosevelt to issue an executive order that resulted in the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans in camps.
How Many People Died In Pearl Harbor ?
The one-hour attack resulted in 2,403 US military personnel fatalities. on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, along with 68 civilians. More than 1,000 people were injured. The American fleet was badly Thedamaged: more than 180 aircraft and 19 naval ships were destroyed.