Dec. 7, 1941: The United States naval base at Pearl Harbor is attacked by Japanese planes launched from six aircraft carriers. Four U.S. battleships are sunk, and four others damaged. Over 2,400 Americans are killed, including 1,177 on the battleship Arizona.
Japanese losses were light, 29 aircraft destroyed, five midget subs lost, 64 killed and one midget sub sailor captured.
-- Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times
Photo: Dec. 7, 1941: The destroyer Shaw's forward magazine explodes after being struck during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Credit: U.S. Navy