On This Day

What Happened on December 7, 1941

'Infamy' as Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor

Historical Events

  • 1st Japanese midget submarine (No. 20) attacked by a US ship (USS Ward)
  • Australian bombers land on Timor/Ambon
  • German siege of Tobruk ends after 8 months

Attack on Pearl Harbor

Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack the 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, English 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)
1941 Highlights

About December 7, 1941

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 11 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Sagittarius