What Happened on December 7, 1941

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 1st Japanese midget submarine (No. 20) attacked by a US ship (USS Ward)
  • Australian bombers land on Timor/Ambon
  • Futshida's air fleet passes coastline of Oahu
  • German siege of Tobruk ends after 8 months
  • Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people
  • Nacht & Nebel Erlass, resistance fighter sent to concentration camps

Famous Deaths

  • Cecil Forsyth, composer, dies at 71
  • Franklin Van Valkenburgh, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)
  • Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)
  • Iida, Japanese pilot/lt, dies in battle at 28
  • Mervyn S. Bennion, United States Navy Captain, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)
  • Thomas J. Reeves, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)