Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: A look back at December 7, 1941

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022
This day in history: Pearl Harbor attacked
On December 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor.

Eighty-one years ago, Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese forces, leaving over 3,400 casualties and pushing the U.S. to join the Allies in World War II.

Japan launched the surprise attack with airplanes and submarines on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor.

More than 2,400 Americans were killed and over 1,000 were wounded during the bombings. More than 300 aircraft and 19 Navy ships, including eight battleships, were damaged or destroyed.

WATCH: Centenarian WWII veteran recalls Pearl Harbor attack

Navy sailor Mickey Ganitch was getting ready to play in a Pearl Harbor football game as the day dawned on Dec. 7, 1941. Instead, he spent the morning scanning the sky as Japanese planes rained bombs on the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

The next day, the U.S. declared war against Japan. When asking Congress for a Declaration of War, President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously called the attack "a date which will live in infamy."

On Dec. 11, 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. The U.S., in turn, declared war on the Axis Powers, joining the Allies in World War II.