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

Sinking ShipAttack on Pearl Harbor

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

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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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  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941-11-03 Hirohito's accord on Yamamoto's attack plan on Pearl Harbor fails

WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto
WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Isoroku Yamamoto
Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • 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

'Infamy' as Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor'Infamy' as Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor

1941-12-08 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers "Day of Infamy" speech to US Congress a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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The USS Shaw explodes after taking a direct hit at Pearl Harbor. © Everett Historical/Shutterstock.com
The USS Shaw explodes after taking a direct hit at Pearl Harbor. © Everett Historical/Shutterstock.com
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  • 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)

Person of interestIsoroku Yamamoto

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

WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto
WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Isoroku Yamamoto
  • 1968-02-05 Chris Barron, American singer & songwriter (Spin Doctors), born in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestIsoroku Yamamoto

1943-04-18 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


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