Pearl Harbor A Day to Remember.
Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. lasted just two hours, The Japanese managed to destroy 20 American naval vessels, including eight giant battleships, and almost 200 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded.
The Aftermath and Consequences
The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; Congress approved his declaration. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.
Why Pearl Harbor Happened
Pearl Harbor was a big surprise, but Japan and the US were edging toward war for quiet some time. Without access to money and goods Japan was determined to stand its ground. For the duration of a few months Japan and Washington DC were trying to negotiate. It was clear that neither country would back down. In this War was inevitable.