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December 14, 2017

Dec. 7 marks Pearl Harbor anniversary: 10 facts you may not know about the attack


Dec. 7 marks Pearl Harbor anniversary: 10 facts you may not know about the attack

Dec. 7 marks the 76th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The devastating strike…


Dec. 7 marks the 76th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The devastating strike took place at 7:48 a.m. on a Sunday, leaving more than 1,000 Americans wounded and 2,335 dead.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan on Dec. 8.

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Here are 10 facts about the Pearl Harbor attack:

1. The assault lasted nearly two hours, from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. The strike happened in two waves, each about 45 minutes apart.

2. The first wave consisted of 183 planes, but six failed to launch.

3. Japanese military members chose to attack on a Sunday because they believed Americans would be caught off-guard.

4. Eleven U.S. ships and 188 planes were destroyed. The targets of the attack – the U.S. aircraft carriers – weren’t at the base.

5. In Oct. 1939, Roosevelt received a letter from German-born physicist Albert Einstein that claimed the Nazis were probably developing nuclear weapons.

6. President Roosevelt authorized the creation of the Manhattan Project on December 28, 1942, the government program that designed the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

7. The Enola Gay bomber dropped the “Little Boy” bomb 1,900 feet above Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.

8. The bomb destroyed a radius of five square miles and killed more than 100,000 people.

9. Three days later, the “Fat Boy” bomb was dropped over Nagasaki. It eradicated more more than three square miles of the city.

10. Japan surrendered to Allied forces on Sept. 2, 1945.


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Dec. 7 marks Pearl Harbor anniversary: 10 facts you may not know about the attack


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