This day in history, December 7: Japan launches attacks on Pearl Harbor


Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941



“The only good Jap is one that’s been dead six months.” William Bull Halsey: Legendary World War II Admiral

One of the most famous planes of the Second World War, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen, was Japan’s best fighter and the bane of Allied airmen in the Pacific.

Between 1946 and 1952, Washington invested $2.2 billion — or $18 billion in real 21st-century dollars adjusted for inflation — in Japan’s reconstruction effort.

By the late 1970s, Japan was making serious inroads in North America, even though the domestic car industry was protected by tariff walls.

The automotive industry in Japan rapidly increased from the 1970s to the 1990s… and in the 1980s and 1990s, overtook the U.S.

May 9, 2007 – Japan became the largest vehicle producing country in 2006 for the first time since 1993, surpassing the United States…

Apr 23 2019 – You stand very little chance of seeing an American car on a Japanese road…


USS Arizona Memorial more than 900 men remain entombed on the ship

WWII veteran Mickey Ganitch, at 101, recalls Pearl Harbor attack

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Nearly eight decades ago, Ganitch’s USS Pennsylvania football team was scheduled to face off against the USS Arizona team. As usual, they donned their uniforms aboard their ships because there was nowhere to change near the field. The pigskin showdown never happened.

The aerial assault began at 7:55 a.m., and Ganitch scrambled from the ship’s living compartment to his battle station about 70 feet (21 meters) above the main deck. His job was to serve as a lookout and report “anything that was suspicious.”

He saw a plane coming over the top of a nearby building. Sailors trained the ship’s guns on the aircraft and shot it down.

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The Pennsylvania was in dry dock at the time, which protected it from the torpedoes that pummeled so many other vessels that day. It was one of the first to return fire on the attacking planes. Even so, the Pennsylvania lost 31 men. Ganitch said a 500-pound (227-kilogram) bomb missed him by just 45 feet (14 meters).

He didn’t have time to think and did what he had to do.

“You realize that we’re in the war itself and that things had changed,” he said.

The USS Arizona suffered a much worse fate, losing 1,177 Marines and sailors as it quickly sank after being pierced by two bombs. More than 900 men remain entombed on the ship that rests on the seafloor in the harbor.

Altogether, more than 2,300 U.S. troops died in the attack.


No crowds or survivors will attend 79th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack


Survivor Of Japanese Attack On Pearl Harbor

Kathleen Farley, California chairwoman of the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, said many survivors are already talking about going to Hawaii next year for the 80th anniversary if it’s safe by then.

Farley, whose late father served on the USS California and spent three days after the attack picking up bodies, has been attending for two decades.

“I know deep down in my heart that one of these days, we’re not going to have any survivors left,” she said. “I honor them while I still have them and I can thank them in person.”

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