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07/12/1941 Pearl Harbor is bombed

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded.

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