The Battle of Pearl Harbor

Historical Events

  • 1887-01-20 US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor
  • 1887-11-29 US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii
  • 1909-11-11 Construction of US navy base begins at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Attack on Pearl Harbor

1941-01-16 US vice admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor

  • 1941-01-27 Peruvian ambassador Ricardo Rivera-Schreiber warns American Ambassador of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor
  • 1941-11-01 Japanese naval staff offiicers Suzuki & Maejima arrive at Pearl Harbor
  • 1941-11-05 Japanese naval staff officers Suzuki and Maejima leave Pearl Harbor
  • 1941-11-26 Japanese naval carrier force left its base & moves east toward Pearl Harbor
  • 1941-12-02 Japanese Marshal Admiral Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor
  • 1941-12-05 US aircraft carrier Lexington and 5 heavy cruisers leave Pearl Harbor
  • 1941-12-07 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack the US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people
  • 1941-12-24 First ships of admiral Nagumo's Pearl Harbor fleet return to Japan
  • 1942-05-27 Dorie Miller awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor
  • 1942-05-30 US aircraft carrier Yorktown leaves Pearl Harbor
  • 1942-08-17 Task Force 17 leaves Pearl Harbor under Admiral George Murray on USS Hornet
  • 1943-04-18 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
  • 1944-12-22 Sub Swordfish departs Pearl Harbor for Japan

Famous Birthdays

  • 1882-02-26 Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral, commander of the Pacific Fleet during Pearl Harbour Attack, born in Henderson, Kentucky (d. 1968)

Isoroku Yamamoto

1884-04-04 Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese World War II Marshall Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, born in Nagaoka, Niigata (d. 1943)

  • 1968-02-05 Chris Barron, American singer & songwriter (Spin Doctors), born in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Famous Deaths

  • 1941-12-07 Franklin Van Valkenburgh, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)
  • 1941-12-07 Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)
  • 1941-12-07 Mervyn S. Bennion, United States Navy Captain, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)
  • 1941-12-07 Thomas J. Reeves, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)

Isoroku Yamamoto

1943-04-18 Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese World War II Marshall Admiral and 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


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