Dec. 7, 2011, marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Altogether, 2,390 Americans lost their lives in the attack. Twelve ships sank or were beached, and nine were damaged. The U.S. lost 164 aircraft. The attack broke the backbone of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and forced America out of a policy of isolationism.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7th “a date which will live in infamy,” and Congress declared war on Japan the morning after. It was the first attack on American territory since 1812.
(Source: The Denver Post)