Today we commemorate  Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. During the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Imperial Japanese Navy, over 2,400 American serviceman and 68 civilians were killed and over a thousand more were injured. A lost large proportion of battle ships and nearly 200 aircraft that were stationed in the Pacific region were also lost.

The Japanese military had hoped that the attack on Pearl Harbor would prevent the United States of America from increasing her influence in the Pacific. However, the events in Pearl Harbor actually led to the escalation of World War II. The day after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan and so entered World War II. President Franklin Roosevelt in a speech to Congress stated that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was “a date which will live in infamy”. Shortly afterwards, Germany also declared war on the United States. In the months that followed the attack, the slogan “Remember Pearl Harbor” swept the United States and radio stations repeatedly played a song of the same name.


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