Today in history, just 71 years ago on December 7, 1941, Japanese warplanes attacked Pearl Harbor shocking the nation. This devastating event marked the entrance of the United States entering into World War II.
The US was propelled into war officially on December 8, 1941 following a stirring speech by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that unified a country and marked a "Day that will live in Infamy."
The Pearl Harbor attack also became the basis for the mass relocation and internment of around 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry, including both citizens and non-citizens of the United States. This event marks a dark period for both sides of the war. Findmypast.com has a comprehensive list of Japanese-American WWII Relocation Files detailing individuals affected by the forced relocation.
To see where your family or relatives were before the attack, search the 1940 Census to observe a slice of life before the country went to war, sending women out of the home to take over factory work and men to fight overseas.
Many people still remember the exact place and moment they heard about the attack for it changed a nation and its people. Tell us where you were when the news was announced or share the moment your loved ones heard FDR address a nation.
We would like to remember today all those affected by Pearl Harbor.