The Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Two waves of aircraft took off from six Japanese aircraft carriers and led the aerial bombardment.
The attack on Pearl Harbor happened because the Japanese wanted to destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet so it could not impede Japanese expansion through the South Pacific. Japan also hoped to shatter the morale of the United States to prevent it from entering World War II.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the president of the United States during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack occurred on Dec. 7, 1941, during President Roosevelt's third term in office.
The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred in 1941. On the morning of Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, the Hawaiian Island base was attacked by Japanese pilots.
World War II timelines that start with the attack on Pearl Harbor are available at Timetoast and the History Place. The timeline at Timetoast is interactive, and the one at the History Place is in a static, text format and focuses on the Pacific theater.
The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, was important because it sparked the United States' entrance into World War II. The day after the Japanese attacked Honolulu's Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war on Japan.
Pearl Harbor is located on the island of Oahu in the state of Hawaii, within United States of America. It lies in the Pacific Ocean halfway between the mainland of the United States and Japan. It is a lagoon to the west of the state's capital, Honolulu.
Pearl Harbor, a United States naval base on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, was the site of one of the worst attacks in American history. The Japanese attack on the base occurred on Dec. 7, 1941 and concluded with the destruction of 20 naval vessels and 200 airplanes.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States entered World War II. On December 8, Congress declared war on Japan, and on December 11, the United States entered into war with Germany.
One theory holds that Japan bombed Pearl Harbor to decimate the American Pacific fleet so Japan could spread its influence throughout the South Pacific. Another theory believes the bombing was intended to force the United States to accept an agreement to lift economic sanctions against Japan.