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Pearl Harbor
On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched a suprise attack on Pearl Harbor, an American naval base. America lost 5 battleships, 3 cruisers, several other vessels, 200 airplanes, and 2400 people. The Pacifics fleet aircraft carriers would have been destroyed, but they were on a mission elsewhere. This was the first attack on America and it "woke a sleeping giant" by getting America invovled in the war.