Within 24 Hours of The Pearl Harbor Attack, Japan Successfully Invaded the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), Much of New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Guam, and Other Strategic Areas All Over the Western Pacific. britannica.com/topic/Paci…
The USS Arizona, sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack, had the guns of her number 2 turret salvaged. They were straightened, relined, and installed on the USS Nevada during a refit of that ship, and were later fired at the Japanese at Iwo Jima and Okinawa en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
I learned that on December 7th 1941 Japan attacked many other places in the pacific, not just Pearl Harbor. Including: Malay, Hong Kong, Guam, Philippine islands, and a couple others. time.com/4593483/pearl-ha…
Blackbeard is most famous for his legendary blockade of Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. In 1718, Blackbeard entered Charleston Harbor in his ship known as Queen Anne's Revenge with three smaller ships. He proceeded to plunder five merchant ships entering or leaving the harbor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Today I learned about the Black Tom explosion. German agents set off an explosion in New York Harbor on July 30, 1916 that killed four people, destroyed $20,000,000 worth of military goods, and damaged the Statue of Liberty. It was one of the largest artificial non-nuclear explosions to have ever occurred. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Project Chariot was a 1958 US Atomic Energy Commission proposal to construct an artificial harbor in Alaska by burying and detonating a string of nuclear devices. wikipedia.org/wiki/Projec…
The United States had a plan to bomb Japan from China endorsed by President Roosevelt over a year before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack would have been led by Claire Chennault, and only didn’t occur because there weren’t any Chinese bases close enough to reach the Japanese archipelago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
2 hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the USS Ward identified and destroyed a Japanese mini-sub attempting to pass through the anti-submarine nets at Pearl Harbor. These were the first American shots fired during WW2, and removed America's neutrality in the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The Empire of Japan awarded medals of friendship and peace to several U.S. officers. After Pearl Harbor, these medals were strapped to bombs about to be dropped on Tokyo. visitpearlharbor.org/wwii…
Three U.S. sailors survived 16 days trapped in the hull of the USS West Virginia following the attack on Pearl Harbor. seattletimes.com/nation-w…
In 1985 French Military Agents bombed a green peace vessel in a New Zealand harbor that was there to protest French Nuclear testing on a nearby island. The blast killed one crewmember. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The vast majority of the American service members killed at Pearl Harbor were junior enlisted men. The officers of the Navy all lived in houses and the junior people were the ones on the boats, so pretty much all of the people who died in the direct line of the attack were very junior people. uso.org/stories/1732-9-th…
Hawaii was not a state when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. And in fact many US and British territories were also attacked the very same day. theguardian.com/news/2019…
The Colossus of Rhodes did not straddle the harbor entrance, it is a misconception that dates to medieval times. britannica.com/topic/Colo…
During the Battle of Saipan, multiple US battleships that were sunk at Pearl Harbor participated in the shelling of the island under the command of Adm. Nagumo. He had previously commanded the attacks on Pearl Harbor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Chuuk Lagoon and Operation Hailstone where, in 1944, the US Navy sank over 40 Japanese ships and destroyed more than 250 aircraft. It was described as "Japan's equivalent of Pearl Harbor". One submarine, Shinohara, which had taken part in Pearl Harbor, sank while trying to dive for cover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
All of the ships attacked and sunk at Pearl Harbor, except for 3, were restored and put back in the fight in WWII. thedrive.com/news/6388/th…
Just before Battle of Cold Harbor, many Union soldiers sewed onto their uniforms slips of paper with their names on them. Being veterans, they knew the battle was going to be a slaughter and wanted their bodies to be identified afterwards. nps.gov/articles/cold-har…
Today I learned about Floating-Harbor Syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder characterized by short stature, delayed bone age, dental problems, visual impairment, mild to moderate intellectual disability and a distinctive facial appearance. There are less than 50 diagnosed cases worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
In WWII the Dutch, British, and US governments embargoed oil to Japan. Japan only had 1.5 years of reserve oil. Pearl Harbor was an attempt to eliminate the US Pacific Fleet so Japan could have a clear path to conquer the East Indies and get more oil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dut…
Today I learned of Joseph Grew, the US ambassador to Japan during the lead-up to WWII, who in Jan. 1941 heard rumors in Tokyo that the Japanese were preparing a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in case of a break with the US. When Grew alerted Washington, his warnings were ignored. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Time Magazine, in lieu of their Man of the Year Award, had decided to name Dumbo as their mammal of the year for 1941. When Pearl Harbor happened, they quickly changed their plans to make FDR Man of the Year instead waltdisney.org/blog/timel…
Today I learned of the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney (WHEC-37). Commissioned in 1936 and currently a museum ship in Baltimore, she is the last warship afloat that fought in the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USC…
Today I learned about the Akutan Zero (also known as Koga's Zero), a Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero that crashed on a small island in Alaska during the Battle of Dutch Harbor, killing its young pilot and giving America an intelligence bonanza en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aku…
Harbor seals slap their bellies as a way to show aggression and as a form of attracting mates seaworld.org/animals/all-…
Three Honolulu firefighters were killed, and six wounded, during the attack on Pearl Harbor, making them the only fire department on American soil to be attacked by a foreign power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Today I learned of Joseph Grew, the US ambassador to Japan during the lead-up to WWII, who in Jan. 1941 heard rumors in Tokyo that the Japanese were preparing a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in case of a break with the US. Grew even alerted the US State Department. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 partly because of the trade embargoes on both oil and scrap metal. This ultimately interfered with Japan's expansion into China. history.com/news/why-did-…
White Sands Space Harbor, a spaceport that was formerly used by the Space Shuttle has a runway which is over 6 miles in length. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
About the Grays Harbor Lighthouse, in Westport, WA. At 107 feet tall, it's not the tallest but its light is powered by a 35 watt bulb that can be seen for 19 miles or 31km. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was part of the Navy codebreaking team that, in 1943, fatally targeted the flight of Japanese Admiral Yamamoto, the architect of the Pearl Harbor attack. In 1932, Stevens witnessed Babe Ruth's called-shot home run in the Yankees-Cubs World Series. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Canada declared war on the Empire of Japan before the United States. visitpearlharbor.org/decl…
Medieval scribes would frequently scribble complaints in the margins of books as they copied them, as their work was so tedious. Recorded complaints range from β€œAs the harbor is welcome to the sailor, so is the last line to the scribe.”, to β€œOh, my hand.” and, "A curse on thee, O pen!" blog.bookstellyouwhy.com/…
Today I learned of the Halifax Explosion. ~2900 Tons of explosive materials unintentionally detonated in Canadian harbor during WWI. youtube.com/watch?v=JKcXS…
Today I learned about Kenneth Taylor and George Welch, the first two American pilots to get airborne during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Both were recommended for the Medal of Honor, but this was denied on the basis that they had β€œtaken off without orders.” Together they shot down six Japanese planes. history.com/news/heroes-o…
Today I learned about the Battle of Surigao Strait, in which a Japanese detachment of two battleships was caught in a trap set by six American battleships (five of which were Pearl Harbor survivors), four heavy cruisers, four light cruisers, 28 destroyers, and 39 torpedo boats. No Japanese vessels survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Axel Wenner-Gren, a Swedish multimillionaire who established a private island residence in the Caribbean. Rumors during WWII suggested he was giving safe harbor to German U-boats and he was investigated by British intelligence. It is believed Ian Fleming partially based Dr No on him. dissentmagazine.org/onlin…
Charles Lindbergh was a noted Anti-Semite who was a spokesman for the America First committee and who resigned his commission from the Air Force after FDR spoke against him. After the Attack on Pearl Harbor, he tried to rejoin the Air Force but was banned per Roosevelt's orders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The torch of the statue of liberty was closed on July 30, 1916, due to the Black Tom Explosion in the New York Harbor. It was a sabotage mission by the Germans during WWI. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Because of the Pearl Harbor attack, 3 sailors suffered being trapped in their submarine for 16 DAYS before they died seattletimes.com/nation-w…
"On May 5, 1971, Scottie Dunning discovered a tiny male harbor seal pup on the shore of Cundy’s Harbor, Maine." After living in captivity, the seal pup now named Hoover "began to utter phrases such as: β€œHello, there!” and β€œCome Over Here!” in a thick New England accent" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
In 1907 President Roosevelt sailed into Provincetown Massachusetts harbor, eight battleships in two squadrons formed a lane for the yacht to pass through. His mission was to lay the cornerstone of the Pilgrim Monument. iamprovincetown.com/place…
During the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Naval Command prioritized destroying Battleships over Carriers. The operational commander, Minoru Genda, defied those orders and assigned more planes per Carrier than planes per Battleship, in spite of carriers being lightly armored and easier to sink historynet.com/pearl-harb…
Henry Hudson while sailing upstream from New York Harbor believed the widening of the river at the Tappan Zee area indicated that he had found the Northwest Passage He sailed upstream as far as present-day Troy (about a 3 hour drive north of NYC) before concluding that there was no Passage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tap…
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Walt Disney Studios was taken over and converted by the U.S. Army into an anti-aircraft base in fears that Japanese bombers would soon reach Los Angeles. It remained the only time a Hollywood studio came under military occupation in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Twelve year old Calvin Leon Graham (April 3, 1930 – November 6, 1992) was the youngest U.S. serviceman to serve and fight during World War II. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States NAVY at the age of 12 on August 15th, 1942. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Although rarely seen alive, in 2015 a Giant squid swam into a harbor near Tokyo on Christmas Eve. A diver jumped into the water to film and swam close to the squid for several minutes before it returned to the ocean. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
3 months after Pearl Harbor, a lone Japanese submarine shelled coastal California. In response, the US fired over 1400 anti-aircraft shells into the air and sent 500 troops to defend and secure Walt Disney Studios. laughingplace.com/w/featu…
There was a second (though unsuccessful) attack on pearl harbor during WW2 on 4 March 1942, by two Kawanishi H8K "Emily" flying boats and supported by three Japanese submarines. youtu.be/hJMT-ajff-c
In the opening credits of Gilligan’s Island, as the SS Minnow sails out of the harbor, flags can be seen in the background flying at half-staff given that the filming of the show’s pilot took place the week of the JFK assassination. youtube.com/watch?v=c-efW…

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