Early on a beautiful Sunday morning 70 years ago, the world changed.
At 7:55 a.m. December 7, 1941 the attack begins.
The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor to remove what it saw as a threat to the empire’s southern expansion. The Pearl Harbor attack hurt us badly, but it also hardened our resolve and brought us fully into WWII.
Snopes has some photos that were purported to be found in an old Brownie camera years after the attack. The story was untrue, but the photos are archival and genuine.
The U.S. Navy has a Pearl Harbor site with more photos.
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
It came upon a midnight clear
That glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harp of gold
Peace on earth, good will to men
From heaven’s all gracious King
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing
Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the weary world
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing
And ever o’er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing
For lo! The days are hastening on
By prophet barbs foretold
When with the ever circling years
Comes round the age of gold
When peace shall overall the earth
Its ancient splendors fling
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.