TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT Dec. 7, 1941
Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as part of its plan to conquer Southeast Asian territories; the raid, which claimed some 2,400 American lives, prompted the United States to declare war against Japan the next day.
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