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The History of Pearl Harbor

You may have seen the Hollywood movie starring Ben Affleck and Josh Harnett in 2001 about Pearl Harbor, but how much do you actually know about the this important moment in American history? Get the real facts and figures of the attack that officially involved the United States in World War II.

Pearl Harbor - Events Leading Up...

Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan had its sights on other things. In 1931, Japan forcibly took control of Manchuria, which today is a chunk of land that lies between Russia and China. From there, Japan began its advance into China, intending to take as much of Southeast Asia as possible. Western nations such as the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands disagreed with Japan's attacks so they refused to trade with them anymore - cutting off Japan's supply of oil and other resources.

Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941

At first, Japan thought they would be able to take oil and resources from other Asian countries but that soon proved to be too big a task. They knew that the United States had set up a Naval base in Hawaii to monitor the war activity in the Pacific Ocean, which made any further invasions difficult for Japan. This is a big reason they launched the attack on Pearl Harbor. For months before the bombing, Japanese troops worked on a very secretive plan to take out the Naval base at Pearl Harbor. Finally, on December 7, 1941, approximately 181 fighter planes flew over Oahu and began their attack. Twenty one ships in the US Naval fleet were destroyed within a couple hours and more than 2,400 people were killed.

Pearl Harbor - The Aftermath

The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war on Japan. As this was during World War II, Japan in turn joined the forces with Germany, who responded by declaring war on the United States on December 12, 1941. This catapulted the United States officially into World War II. They fought alongside the Allied forces of the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands for the next four years. The Japanese-American conflict didn't come to an end until 1945 - a few days after the United States dropped atomic bombs on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing approximately 100,000 people.

Pearl Harbor - Did U Know?

  • Pearl Harbor is located on the southern coast of Oahu island in Hawaii.
  • After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the American government ordered all people of Japanese ancestry to leave the west coast of the United States. If they did not have anywhere to go, they were sent to Internment Camps where they were forced to live until the war was over.
  • Take a trip through history by visiting the USS Arizona Memorial National Park at Pearl Harbor. The park is built around the site of the sunken USS Arizona ship.
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Have You Ever Been to Pearl Harbor?

  • Yes, I've visited the memorial park.
  • No, but I'd like to check it out.
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  • No, but I've seen the movie.

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LUCYQWERTY123 posted in Random:
"Nisya-" wrote:It would be a... super-fast-wings so I could fly anywhere and anytime :D SAME!!!! :punk 8) :D [s:p/zxl]
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Teleportation. 
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Fairkss
Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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Fairkss
There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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nqme posted in Debating:
I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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