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“A date which will live in infamy…”- FDR

Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 caught Hawaii and the entire United States completely off guard and marked the United States’ official entry into World War II.  The Japanese brought over 350 planes and sunk four US Navy battleships and damaged all eight ships in the harbor. 2,402 Americans were killed.  In a famous speech to Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called this day a “date which will live in infamy.”  This entry into the war halted regular tourism on the islands but the increased military presence provided great exposure to the Hawaiian Islands.

  1941  /  History  /  Last Updated August 31, 2012 by Heather Heenehan  /