December 7, 1941 - The attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, commences at 7:55 AM, when the Imperial Japanese Navy launch a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base. The attack took the greatest amount of U.S. naval life in history - 1,177 sailors and marines. Pearl Harbor led to the entry of American troops into World War II.
On Dec. 7, 1941, at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time (12:48 p.m. EST), 353 Japanese fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes attacked the United States base at Pearl Harbor. 2,042 Americans were killed in bombings. The attack was both unexpected and unwarranted, and led to the United States' entry into World War II. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Pearl_Harbor