2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that killed more than 2,400 Americans.
The unexpected attack also resulted in five US battleships to sink. Three battleships, three cruisers, and three US destroyers were damaged as well. The next day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan and stated that this is "a date that will live in infamy." American military leadership in the Pacific — led by Admirals William Halsey Jr., Chester Nimitz and Raymond Spruance, along with Generals Curtis LeMay and Douglas MacArthur — proved far more skilled than their Japanese counterparts.
Today Pearl Harbor remains an active military base where tourists can visit the many memorials still in place today.