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December 7, 1941 was a Sunday, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States naval base in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a result of the attack, the U.S. entered World War II started by Germany in 1939 with the invasion of Poland.
The attack on Pearl Harbor began at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time when 360 Japanese warplanes descended on the US naval base lasting for 2 hours. When it ended, more than 2,000 American military members were dead and 1,000 more were wounded. About 200 airplanes and 20 naval ships were destroyed in the attack, including the USS Arizona. The Pacific fleet was rendered useless: Five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed. A total of 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded.