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Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Attack on Pearl Harbor
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Despite the extensive coverage of the event, these are things you may not have known about the fated day of December 7, 1941. From an American Radar detecting the approaching plane, to the environmental impact the bombing had on Pearl Harbour, to the one member of congress who voted against the bombing, these facts may shock you. WatchMojo counts down ten things you didn’t know about the attack on Pearl Harbour.

Want to learn more about important moments in our history? Check out our other videos of the Top 10 Most Despicable War Crimes in History:, the Top 10 Battles in History:, and the Top 10 Strangest Unsolved Mysteries of WWII:

#10: American Radar Detected Approaching Planes
#9: The U.S. Captured Its First P.O.W. At Pearl Harbor
#8: 23 Sets of Brothers Died in the Attack on the USS Arizona
#7: The Attack Left an Enormous Environmental Effect on Pearl Harbor
#6: A Senior Japanese Official Opposed the Attack
#5: One Member of Congress Voted Against War with Japan
#4: Roosevelt Almost Didn’t Use the Word “Infamy” In His Speech
#3, #2 & #1???

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30 thoughts on “Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Attack on Pearl Harbor

  1. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941 (December 8 in Japan). The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II. The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. There were simultaneous Japanese attacks on the U.S.-held Philippines and on the British Empire in Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong. The attack came as a profound shock to the American people and led directly to the American entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. The following day, December 8, the United States declared war on Japan. Domestic support for non-interventionism, which had been strong, disappeared. Clandestine support of Britain (e.g., the Neutrality Patrol) was replaced by active alliance. Subsequent operations by the U.S. prompted Germany and Italy to declare war on the U.S. on December 11, which was reciprocated by the U.S. the same day.

  2. People are actually glad about the nukes? How can anyone be glad about the nukes? Does anyone know about the impact those nukes had? Those nukes were disgusting, sure Japan needed to be stopped, but not like that. Anyone that has learned anything about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and has seen pictures of the aftermath, or heard stories, knows that the dumbest thing to happen in that war was America dropping the nukes, not Japan bombing Pearl Harbor. 2403 people died in Pearl Harbor, over 262000 Japanese people died as a result of the nukes Little Boy and Fat Man. More than 100x as many people died from the nukes than at Pearl Harbor.

    These bombs didn’t kill instantly and that was it, they had lasting effects ranging from radiation poisoning to cancer later in life that was directly caused by the radiation they were exposed to during Hiroshima and/or Nagasaki (yes, some people were caught in both, and survived). Japan did a lot of horrible things in WWII, but it was America who was shown to be the real monster in that fight. If the nukes were a good idea, then how come they are the only nukes to be used in warfare?

  3. You forgot to mention there were 5 midget subs and one of the subs actually had a shot from a ship and it is visible near the conn tower. The Japanese also improvised on how they used the torpedoes during the attack, since they couldn't straight up drop them into the water.

  4. It's stupid but, if I had a brother and went to war with him, I would prefer dying in combat with him than learning his ship was sunk thousands of miles away where i could have done nothing.

    I get why brothers keep joining the same ships.

  5. 2 years ago today I was on the USS Arizona Memorial and there really was no need to be instructed to remain silent… the instant you set foot on the memorial you just loose all ability of speech as you realize just where you're standing, and what happened there. There are truly no words that will ever be capable of describing the feeling… and seeing the oil still rising from the watery tomb just ampliefies it 10 fold

  6. Personally would have mentioned the USS Phoenix, only ship to come out of pearl habour unharmed, fought in the pacific, survived and was later sold to the Argentinians who renamed it ARA Belgrano where it became the only ship in history to be sunk by a nuclear submariane

  7. My grandfather was actually stationed in Pearl Harbor during the attack. He was a U.S. Navy Master Chief and enlisted as soon as WWII broke out. He survived the attack. He died of old age and had his ashes scattered in the waters of Pearl Harbor. I think I was about 6 or 7 years old when I went out into Pearl Harbor on a private boat as my father scattered his ashes into the water so the #1 spot on this list really hits close to home.

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