81 years ago, Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese forces, causing over 3,400 casualties and pushing the US to join the Allies in World War II.
Japan launched the surprise attack with planes and submarines on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor.
The bombings killed more than 2,400 Americans and injured over 1,000. More than 300 aircraft and 19 naval vessels, including eight battleships, were damaged or destroyed.
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The next day, the United States declared war on Japan. When he asked Congress to declare war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously called the attack “a date that will live in shame.”
On December 11, 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. The US, in turn, declared war on the Axis powers and joined the Allies in World War II.
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