On December 7, 1941, Japanese war planes bombed Pearl Harbour, Hawaii This was the act that ultimately brought the USA into World Ward II. Seventy years on only a handful of US veterans live on. Today those that did marked the day at special memorials to mark the event.
On that day in 194 353 Japanese planes, launched from six carriers, killing 2402 Americans, wounding another 1,282, sank or damaged 16 warships, including eight battleships, and destroyed 188 US aircraft. It is widely catalogued as one of the worst the American.
Prior to the attack there were warning signs of possible problems. Just three-days before Pearl Harbour US President received damning information about Japanese activity. A confidential report that the Japanese espionage system was gathering information about US military activity in the region. Although the US has never publicly agreed it is claimed that American authorities knew an attack was imminent. Read more here
Life is all about actions, reactions and consequences.
Japan bombed Pearl Harbour, America joined World War Two allied forces, nuclear bombs were dropped on Japan showing that they must never be used again and eventually the western allies defeated Hitler, Germany and the Japanese. Victory in Europe and in Japan.
All countries however paid a huge price in loss of life and more. Pearl Harbour has gone down in history as a terrible event. It was the first time such bombs were dropped on American land. It stayed that way pretty much until 9/11.
The day after Pearl Harbour US President Franklin D Roosevelt made what is now called his Infamy speech. The speech began with reference to December 7, 1941, as "a date which will live in infamy".
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog