THEN & NOW: A view of historic Ford Island control tower. The tower was once used to guide airplanes at the airfield on the island and will now be used as an aviation library. The combined image contains photographs taken during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the same present day location as the event.
At 7:55am, Sunday, Dec 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor is attacked by carrier based Japanese planes, killing 2300. The following day in his war speech to Congress, President Franklin Roosevelt called it "a day which will live in infamy."
Notes from Japan on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941 Just before 8am hundreds of Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, killing more than 2,300 Americans and wounding at least 1,000 more.
USS Nevada tries to get underway during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor. NHHC photo USS Arizona (BB-39) is in the center, burning furiously. To the left of her are USS Tennessee (BB-43) and the sunken USS West Virginia (BB-48). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.