Both the US and Japan were interested in islands around the Pacific long before World War II.
Tensions had been rising between the US and Japan for years.
The US expected an attack, just not on Pearl Harbor.
The Japanese planned the attack for over a year.
The Japanese planes were first detected almost an hour before the attack.
The attack lasted less than two hours.
Pearl Harbor hero Doris “Dorie” Miller became the first Black man to be awarded the Navy Cross.
The attack was not actually successful in achieving Japan’s goal.
The attack galvanized Americans to enter WWII.