On December 7, 1941 the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was surprise attacked by Japanese bombers.
Over 2,300 Americans died and all eight U.S. battleships stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack were sunk, all but two the Arizona and the Oklahoma later returned to active duty. In addition, nearly 20 American Navy vessels and about 300 aircraft were damaged or destroyed.
The attack would launch the U.S.A. into World War II.