Exactly 67 years ago to the hour the Japanese launched their surprise attack on the United States Naval base at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. This attack launched the nation into World War II, and changed the course of the world.
The USS West Virginia explodes after being hit.
The explosion and sinking of the USS Arizona, which alone cost over 1,100 lives. The Arizona has been left at the bottom as a memorials to the lives lost and the entire attack. This is what it looks like now:
Here is the famous speech made by FDR the next day (right click to save, OOG).
The Attacks on Pearl Harbor were the starting point for America’s entrance in the War, and the turning point for the nation as a whole. All in all, 3 cruisers, 2 destroyers, and 4 battleships were sunk or damaged. 2,400 people killed, and 1,200 wounded. Had things gone differently, particularly, had any carriers been left in port, the War would have gone very, very differently.
Remember this day, as so few people in today’s world do, for it is one of the 5 most important days of the last century.
Images and speech from Wikipedia.