Remembering Pearl Harbor. Interesting historical footnote: the USS Phoenix (CL-46) was at Pearl that day and escaped the attack unscathed. She was eventually sold to Argentina and renamed the ARA General Belgrano. After almost 3 decades of service with Argentina, she was sunk on 2 May 1982 by the British submarine HMS Conqueror during the Falklands War. Conqueror is the only nuclear-powered submarine to ever engage an enemy vessel in actual combat.
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