The Japanese attacked the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a Sunday.
At 6 a.m., a squadron of Japanese planes took off from aircraft carriers that had quietly stopped some 230 miles from the naval base.
By 7:55 a.m., the attack, of bombs and bullets, was launched on the unsuspecting Pacific Fleet.
At about 9 a.m., a second wave of planes began its attack. Specially-designed torpedoes launched from midget submarines wrought their own devastation.