On This Day

What Happened on April 18, 1943

Historical Events


Sinking ShipAttack on Pearl Harbor

Operation Vengeance: US Army Air Force P-38G fighter aircraft from Kukum Field on Guadalcanal ambush and shoot down the transport bomber aircraft of Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy and mastermind behind the Pearl Harbor attack

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USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor
USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor
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Famous Birthdays

  • Lesley Miller, American singer and songwriter (He Wore A Green Beret), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Famous Deaths


Person of interestIsoroku Yamamoto

Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese WWII Marshall Admiral & Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, killed in action at 59 by a US ambush after the "Magic" code-breaking team intercepted and decoded his flight plan

WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto
WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Isoroku Yamamoto

1943 Highlights

About April 18, 1943

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 7 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Aries