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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?

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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Debating:
We women are strong but we are not interested in showing it. Instead, we waste our time on outfits and makeup. We shouldn't do this because the world is a dangerous place and we may make the wrong people look at us. We will be happy at first, but soon we will realize our mistake and grow more unfriendly. We should fight, fight till the end. There are a few things that we need to change and I think we should totally change them. We should show how brave we are. We should prove to the world that we can handle everything. We can fight. And if you don't want to, forget it because you're just a coward. Leav it to the people who want to make things better for you. I will  fight. I WILL NOT GIVE UP. I WILL DO WHATEVER I CAN. I may not be good at everything, but that doesn't mean that I can't fight.
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Pink_Cool_Girl
"Prodigy_124" wrote:This is what think about it,  yes the filter is very unfair, I got frozen ones for saying gay and gay means happy, if someone says a word a lot in chat the filter will block it and everyone else that says that word will get a warning and that's not fair. Yes some people use words that aren't accepted but words like ####### isn't allowed I get warned for that like we all know that that is and it's not a bad thing, I think this, All day it should be a kid site but ones 9 rolls around it should be a site for all the teens, all of the teens stay up during the 10 11 12 hours, yeah the teens has social media but this is a place to meet new people and have friendships, you can't do that with ####### or #########. I like this site, it's a place for everyone and everyone has friends and is accepted here but if this is a kid site then people 12+ should have their accounts locked since it is a kid site. BOOM *high fives*
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catsHalloween123
No I don't agree.....I think that the kidz world should stay kidz world and there should be something like teensworld that should be created
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Prodigy_124
This is what think about it,  yes the filter is very unfair, I got frozen ones for saying gay and gay means happy, if someone says a word a lot in chat the filter will block it and everyone else that says that word will get a warning and that's not fair. Yes some people use words that aren't accepted but words like ####### isn't allowed I get warned for that like we all know that that is and it's not a bad thing, I think this, All day it should be a kid site but ones 9 rolls around it should be a site for all the teens, all of the teens stay up during the 10 11 12 hours, yeah the teens has social media but this is a place to meet new people and have friendships, you can't do that with ####### or #########. I like this site, it's a place for everyone and everyone has friends and is accepted here but if this is a kid site then people 12+ should have their accounts locked since it is a kid site. 
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AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Say Anything:
Duh. Nine year olds can be on this site, but Dear Dish It has frequently covered stories on some very graphic content. This site has always tried to service different age groups, but it's just impossible to do so.  What they really need to do is have a regular site for people who have aged out. Maybe a "Kidzworld Alumni" section. 
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