Tuesday, December 7, 2010

This Week in History: 12/6/2010

Pearl Harbor bombed

On December 7, 1941, a fleet of 360 Japanese warplanes struck the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, devastating the United States’ Pacific fleet. Diplomatic relations had tensed between the United States and Japan for many months before the attack. When diplomatic negotiations with Japan broke down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his cabinet anticipated a Japanese attack but insufficient measures were taken improve security. The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war against Japan. The attack that was meant to prevent U.S. intervention with Japanese war plans effectively drew the U.S. into World War II.

To learn more about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, please visit This Day in History at History.com.

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