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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

On this day in 1942, Japan attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii catapulting the US into World War II. The attack left more than 2400 dead and 1000 wounded, in addition to destroying more than 300 planes and 20 ships. This attack also resulted in the US incarceration of thousands of Japanese Americans and encouraged rampant anti-Asian hate. The attack at Pearl Harbor as well as the Bataan Death March in the Philippines have often been cited as justification for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. President Truman's statement notifying the American public of the bombing on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, included the following words: “The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor. They have been repaid many fold.”