17h 23min, dec 7, 1941 y - Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor
japan's only chance was the element of surprise and to destroy American's navy as quickly as possible
significance- was that over 350 Japanese aircraft attacked the US naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, destroying or badly damaging much of the US Pacific fleet and causing thousands of casualties. US President Roosevelt called it 'a date that would live in infamy'.
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