Thursday, December 07, 2006

December 7th

For many of us, Pearl Harbor is a distant event in America's history.

On this day, December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The attack marked the entrance of Japan into WWII on the side of Germany and Italy; it also marked the entrance of the United States on the Allied side.

Eight American battleships and thirteen other naval vessels were sunk or badly damaged.

Almost 200 American aircraft was destroyed.

Approximately, 3,000 naval and military personnel were killed or wounded.

for more information, visit the following sites:

National Geographic

Eyewitness to History

American Memory

In our Murphy Library collection:

Reflections on Pearl Harbor by K.D. Richardson

The Pearl Harbor Myth: Rethinking the Unthinkable by George Victory

Photo courtesy of the National Archives

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