As History.com notes, on this day in 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor.
At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time,
a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its
wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360
Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor
in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the
U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.
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