Wednesday marked the 70th anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack on U.S. military forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
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On Dec. 7, 1941, air and naval forces of the Empire of Japan conducted an air raid on the U.S. naval and Army Air Corps bases at Pearl Harbor, killing more than 2,500 U.S. military personnel.
Five battleships were sunk, three destroyers wrecked, a minelayer and target ship capsized, two cruisers were badly damaged and many other ships needed repairs. More than 180 U.S. airplanes were destroyed.
The attack shocked the nation and pulled the U.S. into World War II, which was already raging in Europe.
In a speech before Congress on Dec. 8. 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt asked for a declaration of war against Japan, calling Dec. 7 a day "a date which will live in infamy."