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…
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Canada declared war on the Empire of Japan before the United States. visitpearlharbor.org/decl…
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…
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…
The studio tapes for Billy Joel's first album, 'Cold Spring Harbor,' were transferred to vinyl at a higher speed which made both the music and Joel’s voice sound higher-pitched than normal ultimateclassicrock.com/b…
When Hideki Tojo was imprisoned at Sugamo Prison after WWII a dentist named Jack Mallory was tasked with puttinh in new dentures for him, shortly before his execution. Jack Mallory then drilled 'Remember Pearl Harbor' in Morse Code onto his dentures. newsreview.com/chico/mess…
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/…
Bats harbor more viruses per species than other animals due to a mutation dampening their immune system cell.com/cell-host-microb…
The ARA General Belgrano that was sunk during the Falklands War (1982) between Argentina and the United Kingdom, was at anchor at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (1942). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARA…
The Japanese Empire attacked Hong Kong on the same morning as Pearl Harbor, only 4 hours after the attack, which led to the Battle of Hong Kong. After 17 days of fighting, the British Empire surrendered on Christmas, a day which would be later referred to as Black Christmas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The band of the battleship USS Nevada was playing the Star Spangled Banner when the Japanese began their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Despite being strafed by gunfire from the attacking planes, the band completed the song. knpr.org/knpr/2016-12/her…
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan built foldable submarine-launched naval aircraft to bomb U.S. western and eastern seaboards, the 18 I-400 class submarines stowed up to three Aichi M6A Seiran floatplanes, each could carry an 800 kg (1,800 lb) bomb 1,000 km (620 mi) at 475 km/h (295 mph). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-4…
On April 16, 1947, America's worst harbor explosion when the Grandcamp caught fire and blew up, devastating the town. Another ship, the Highflyer, exploded the following day. The explosions and resulting fires killed over 500 people and left 200 missing. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Your toothbrush harbors 10 million germs, more than a toilet seat. Even new toothbrushes can have germs on them because they aren’t sold in sterile packaging. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Hours before enemy planes attacked Pearl Harbor at 7:48 AM, Japanese midget submarines were already lurking beneath the ocean surface to join in the assault. At 03:42 AM, the minesweeper Condor spotted a midget submarine. USS Ward sank one submarine at 6:37AM. wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack…
Today I learned about Operation Vengeance, where Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was specifically targeted and killed by the US Army Air Force on April 18, 1943, in retribution for Pearl Harbor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
A 1932 war game included a surprise attack against Pearl Harbor from 152 carrier-borne aircraft on a Sunday morning. Umpires awarded the victory to the defending forces, saying that precision bombing of battleships was unrealistic. military.com/navy/pearl-h…
In 1941, Time Magazine planned to select the Disney character Dumbo as its Person of the Year, even designing a formal portrait for him and the title of "Mammal of the Year". This was until the Pearl Harbor attacks happened, forcing them to instead give the award to President Franklin Roosevelt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Port Royal,visited in "Pirates of the Caribbean", was a real pirate city. An earthquake, resulting tsunami and soil liquefaction partially sank and completely destroyed the Jamaican town in 1692. The HMS Swan was washed from the harbor on to a roof top and was a haven for survivors. history.com/this-day-in-h…
A Korean secret agent warned American officials about the attack on Pearl Harbor scmp.com/magazines/post-m…
Charles Dickens' stories were often published in a series with cliffhanger endings. When a ship arrived in New York Harbor carrying the next installment of "The Old Curiosity Shop", Dickens fans crowded on the dock screaming, β€œIs little Nell dead?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
The Pacific Clipper, while about to land in New Zealand, found out about the Pearl Harbor attack. To get home, they then flew a total 209 hrs, 50,694 km (31,500 mi) via Australia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bahrain, Sudan, DR Congo, Brazil and Trinidad before they got home to New York airandspace.si.edu/storie…
The Japanese carried out a second raid on Pearl Harbor on March 4, 1942, using two flying boats. Neither hit any military targets. One plane's bombs missed Oahu completely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The attack on Pearl Harbor could have been prevented or at least minimized. The USS WARD attacked and sunk an enemy submarine before the attack but slow communications and convoluted procedures prevented quick action. usnhistory.navylive.dodli…
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…
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…
Within two months of the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor, the last civilian cars rolled off assembly lines, and auto plants converted to military-only production of arms, munitions, trucks, tanks and planes. Civilian production of automobiles didn’t begin again until after the war in 1945. autonews.com/article/2011…
Today I learned of Terence Kirk, an American soldier who was captured by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor day and spent the entire war at a brutal prison camp. While there, he built a camera out of scrap, and took many pictures. After the war, he was put under a gag order, and only told his story 38 years later. nbcnews.com/id/12759234/n…
In spring of 1942 German U-boats terrorized east coast of US sinking fuel tankers and cargo ships with impunity and often within sight of shore and in less than 7 months destroyed 22 percent of the tanker fleet and sank 233 ships killing 5,000 ...more than 2X number who perished at Pearl Harbor. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
After Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Canada declared war on Japan before the US did en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Gettysburg Address, and the Magna Carta were moved for safekeeping to Fort Knox, Kentucky. They were all later released in late 1944 after the D Day landings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Following the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941, FDR was named as TIME's Person of the Year after quickly changing it from Dumbo as "Mammal of the Year". waltdisney.org/blog/timel…
An american dentist inscribed the words "Remember Pearl Harbor" secretly in morse code inside the dentures of former Japanese PM Gen. Hideki Tojo who ordered the bombing of Pearl Harbor. visitpearlharbor.org/tojo…
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, Canada declared War on the Japanese Empire a day before United States and United Kingdom did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
The Pearl Harbor memorial development had slowed to a halt, only for Elvis to jump in and contribute 50,000 dollars through his "Aloha from Hawaii" benefit concert. biography.com/news/elvis-…
The shrimp cocktail was invented in a bar on Boston Harbor in 1941. It was first prepared as a drunken β€œlet’s put gross shit together in a glass and dare people to drink it” concoction with shrimp, ketchup, and vodka, but it proved to be delicious while hammered. savagehenrymagazine.com/h…
Today I learned of Lionel Crabb, a British Scuba diver who disappeared while on a mission to investigate Soviet ships visiting Portsmouth Harbor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
A harbor seal named Hoover was able to imitate English words after living in captivity with humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Hoover was a "talking" harbor seal who mimicked human speech. After being orphaned as a pup, Hoover was rescued by George Swallow, who raised the seal in his backyard. Over time, Hoover taught himself phrases like "Hello there" and "Come over here!" in a thick New England accent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government was worried Japan would invade Hawaii and seize all the U.S. currency there. As a precaution, the U.S. burned $200 million in cash circulating on the islands, and replaced them with freshly printed bills with β€œHawaii” stamped on them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
It took up to 16 days for some men to die at Pearl Harbor in the sunken ships warhistoryonline.com/feat…
3 Honolulu firefighters were killed and 6 others injured after being attacked by Japanese planes while fighting fires at Hickam Field during the Pearl Harbor bombing. For their peacetime heroism, all 9 men received Purple Hearts, making them the only firefighters to awarded as such to date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
Stan Lee enlisted in the military after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Lee served during World War 2 in the Army Signal Corps from 1942 to 1944, first as a lineman before being moved to technical writing once the Army realized Lee’s writing skills. cbr.com/stan-lee-united-s…
Vince Coleman, a railway dispatcher, sacrificed his life in order to warn an incoming train of an imminent explosion. His telegraph said "Hold up the train. Ammunition ship afire in harbor making for Pier 6 and will explode. Guess this will be my last message. Good-bye boys." He saved 300 lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Today I learned about Takeo Yoshikawa, the Japanese spy in Hawaii who provided intelligence for the Pearl Harbor attack. He was forsaken in Japan, blamed for the horrors of the war, and died penniless. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
Today I learned of JosΓ© Nunes aka ZΓ© Peixe (or "Joe Fish"), a Brazilian harbor pilot who, after piloting a ship from harbor to sea, would swim the 5 to 10 km back to shore. He started his work at age 17 and did this into his 60's. riogringa.typepad.com/my_…
At the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack, many people thought it was a drill. One sailor said, "This is the best goddam drill the Army Air Force has ever put on!" content.time.com/time/mag…
Japan attacked Hong Kong the same day it attacked Pearl Harbor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Stan Lee was a WW-II Veteran - Enlisted after Pearl Harbor. dodlive.mil/2017/06/28/st…
In the 1980s, Baltimore Mayor William Schaffer created a successful plan to revitalize the Inner Harbor, starting with the construction of the waterfront Harborplace, followed by National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center. Now it is Maryland's number one tourist destination wikitravel.org/en/Baltimo…
If you served, and survived, on the USS ARIZONA during the attack on Pearl Harbor, you can choose to be buried at sea with your crew mates. There are only 4 people left are eligible for this type of burial. history.com/.amp/news/5-f…
Many PBS stations across the US switched to all children's programming after the September 11th attacks in order to "provide children a safe harbor from continuous news coverage of the attacks." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
One of the highest paid jobs in the country is a Harbor Pilot, where they specialize in piloting large cargo ships into shipping ports with precision; they can earn over $400,000 a year npr.org/2012/03/21/149091…
Stan Lee served in the military during World War II for three years after hearing about the attack in Pearl Harbor blogs.va.gov/VAntage/5399…
Today I learned of the West Loch disaster, maritime accident during World War II at the Pearl Harbor U.S Naval Base that was not made public until 1960. Officially 27 men were killed and 100 missing but others believe that between 163 and 392 men were killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
After bombing Pearl Harbor, a Japanese Pilot crashed on the nearby Ni'ihau Island, part of Hawaii. The local Japanese American residents freed the captured pilot, stole ammunitions, and took hostages. This was cited as a reason why Japanese internment camps were needed during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nii…
Tojo Hideki, Japanese General of IJA while in prison received new sets of dentures made by an American dentist into which the phrase "Remember Pearl Harbor" had been secretly drilled in morse code. The dentist ground away the message three months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hid…
After Pearl Harbor three men were trapped deep in the USS West Virginia for 16 days which they marked on the wall of the storeroom they had found shelter in. Soldiers were unable to reach them and no one wanted guard duty near the ship due to the incessant banging of the trapped survivors. warhistoryonline.com/feat…
After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo he attempted an escape to the United States. But when the harbor he was to depart from filled with enemy ships he decided to surrender the British. Rather than allow him passage and exile to the US he was banished to the tiny island of Saint Helena. npr.org/sections/npr-hist…
In California, survivors of the Pear Harbor attack can get a special licence plate to commemorate the event. dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/det…
Upon the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, 500 US army troops moved in the next day to occupy Walt Disney Studios for the next 8 months en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
The NECOM House in Lagos, Nigeria, was the tallest in West Africa at the time of completion. The communications spire at the top of the tower serves as a lighthouse beacon for Lagos Harbor and it has suffered two fires since it was built en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NEC…
The two of the US pilots who were able to take off during the attack on Pearl Harbor and down 7 enemy aircraft in the process were denied the Medal of Honor because their commanding officer said they had "taken off without orders". historynet.com/american-a…
Today I learned about the USS Cavalla. The WWII submarine that, on its first war patrol in 1944, sank the IJN carrier ShΓ΅kaku that was one of 6 involved in the Pearl Harbor attack and whose aircraft sank the USS Lexington at Coral Sea and crippled the USS Hornet at Santa Cruz. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
That, when captured by American Forces after WWII, Japanese General Hideki Tōjō was given a new set of dentures with β€œRemember Pearl Harbor” inscribed into them with Morse code. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hid…
An Army dentist drilled the message "Remember Pearl Harbor" in Morse code inside Gen. Hideki Tojo's dentures while the general was imprisoned in occupied Japan for war crimes. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The ball dropped in Time Square on New Year's Eve represents a "time ball" used hundreds of years ago. Ship captains all across the harbor could start their clocks when they saw the ball land. time.com/4608451/new-year…
Due to the assistance provided by the City of Boston to Halifax in the aftermath of the Harbor Explosion, Halifax provides Boston with a Christmas tree every year. A tradition now in its 101st year novascotia.ca/treeforbost…
Today I learned about the West Loch Disaster, an accident that sank six ships and killed nearly 200 Americans in Pearl Harbor during World War II in May 1944. It was censored and classified until 1960 and is thus little known. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
Japanese people harbor enzymes in their intestinal bacteria that help them digest seaweed--enzymes that North Americans lack. sciencemag.org/news/2010/…
Today I learned of the 21 US ships reported damaged or sunk in the Pearl Harbor attack, all but 3 were repaired and returned to service. One of those three was a pre-WWI dreadnought that the US used for target practice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
After Pearl Harbor was attacked a Boeing 314 Clipper, in New Zealand at the time, was told by Pan Am to return to San Francisco by flying westwards. The total flight time was 209 hours and the plane covered 31,500 miles becoming the first commercial airliner to fly around the world. airandspace.si.edu/storie…
The USS Arizona, contained 63 brothers who died together when the ship sank in Pearl Harbor, out of 79 who served on the ship, 59 of which their bodies remain on the ship which is now a memorial. Rest in Peace. nps.gov/valr/learn/histor…
The Halifax Explosion - two ships collided in the Halifax Harbor, one of which was carrying munitions, resulting in one of the largest man-made explosions pre-1945. 2,000 killed, 9,000 injured, and nearly all buildings within a half-mile were destroyed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
DuΕ‘ko Popov was one of inspirations for Ian Fleming's James Bond. He was a ladies man, party goer and double agent in WW2 working for MI6, who informed FBI about impending Pearl Harbor. Fleming witnessed real-life bluff made by Popov and used it as basis for Casino Royale. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du%…
Nearly 70 years after Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona continues to leak up to 9 quarts of oil each day. history.com/news/5-facts-…
The US Military Academy at West Point was originally founded as a school of engineering, and was the only engineering school in the US until 1824, USMA produced 'graduates who gained recognition for designing the bulk of the nation's initial railway lines, bridges, harbors and roads'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
James O. Richardson pleaded with FDR over his poor decision to centralize the Naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, warned of the risks, was fired in Februrary of 1941, only to be proven right on December 7th when the Japanese attacked and sunk it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US government overprinted banknotes to have the word β€˜Hawaii’ marked on them. In case of a Japanese Invasion, the US could immediately declare any Hawaii-stamped notes worthless, due to their easy identification. visitpearlharbor.org/the-…
During WWII, not only did Mitsubishi manufacture the A6M Zero (Planes used to attack Pearl Harbor), they used POW labor for part of the production. Mitsubishi only recently formerly apologize to the U.S. in 2015 for using American POWs as slaves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mit…
Today I learned of Army pilot Phil Rasmussen, who on the morning of pearl harbor, strapped a .45 to his pajamas and took to the skies to engage Japanese zeroes. He barely managed to land his plane, which some accounts say had over 500 bullet holes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The Baltimore World Trade Center is the world's tallest regular pentagonal building. The building was positioned so that a corner points out toward the waters of the Inner Harbor, suggesting the prow of a ship. The building appears to rise out of the water when viewed from certain vantage points en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
In 1912, as a symbol of friendship, Japan sent 3,000 cherry trees to beautify the Potomac tidal basin. The United States has commemorated the gift with a cherry blossom festival every year since 1935, with the exception of the six years following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. laphamsquarterly.org/trad…
Today I learned of the five Japanese submarines in the Pearl Harbor attack, only one made it to Pearl but was quickly sunk without hitting any target. Three others were sunk as they tried to enter Pearl Harbor, and the fifth washed ashore where its only surviving crewman was the first WW2 POW at American hands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typ…
During WWII, the Japanese Bombed the Mainland United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor history.com/news/5-attack…
In 1941 counties in rural Oregon and Northern California planned to create a new US state, which would have been named the State of Jefferson. Then the attack on Pearl Harbor took place and the β€œJeffersonians” were never able to gain the same momentum after the WW2 started oregonencyclopedia.org/ar…
The Inner Harbor Water Wheel, aka Mr Trash Wheel, located in Baltimore MD, has removed over a million pounds of trash since May 2014 atlasobscura.com/places/m…
The Louisiana Maneuvers were a series of war games held a few months before Pearl Harbor. They centered around a conflict between two fictional countries, Kotmk and Almat. The army of Almat won, thanks primarily to the efforts of General George S. Patton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
When the USS West Virgina was finally raised after being sunk during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, deceased men were found in an airtight storeroom. On the calendar, 16 days were crossed off in red pencil. community.seattletimes.nw…
On Sunday, February 7, 1932, US Adm. Harry E. Yarnell launched a successful surprise "attack" against Pearl Harbor using two aircraft carriers in a naval exercise. He "destroyed" every ship in port and every airfield nearby. The US made no effort to safeguard Hawaii from aircraft attack ussflierproject.com/tags/…
Hawaii became a state only after the bombing of pearl harbor. americaslibrary.gov/jb/mo…
The Officer's sword of the US Marine Corps is of a Turkish style. Called the Mameluke sword, it was adopted in 1825 following the battle of Tripoli Harbor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mam…
The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission almost created a fake harbor in Alaska using five thermonuclear bombs. Part of Operation Plowshares, an attempt to find peacetime uses for nukes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Kazuo Sakamaki, was the first Japanese POW after defective explosives prevented him from committing suicide and scuttling his midget submarine during the attack on Pearl Harbor. wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuo_…
Today I learned of "Mr. Trash Wheel", a solar-powered device in Baltimore's Inner Harbor that has removed 160 tons of garbage from the harbor in just under a year. discovery.com/dscovrd/nat…
Today I learned of the "Niihau Incident". After a Japanese Pilot crashed on a remote Hawaiian Island following Pearl Harbor, three Japanese Americans tried to help him escape, taking locals hostage and shooting at one. Their actions may have influenced the decision to intern Japanese Americans during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nii…
After Pearl Harbor, all U.S. currency in Hawaii was replaced with specially marked bills in case the Japanese seized the island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
The bombing of Pearl Harbor wasn't the only Japanese attack on American soil. The Japanese actually invaded part of Alaska. history.com/topics/world-…
No Kamikaze pilots were involved in the 1941 Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor. The first official Kamikaze missions were planned and carried out in 1944, three years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kam…
In January 1941, the US ambassador to Japan learned of a rumor that Japan was planning a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in case of "trouble" with the US. The report was discounted by the US Chief of Naval Operations and the Commander of the US Pacific Fleet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…

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