It began as a peaceful Sunday morning on the island of Oahu in Hawaii 78 years ago today. All was quiet at Pearl Harbor. And then, just before 8:00 o’clock, all hell broke loose.
A swarm of Japanese warplanes began their surprise attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
The attack would leave 2,400 dead and 1,200 wounded. Over 300 American planes and 18 ships were damaged or destroyed.
The following remark was attributed to the Japanese admiral who planned the attack: “I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and instilled in him a terrible resolve.”
President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy.”