(CNN/WBNG) — Friday marks 77 years since Pearl harbor was attacked by the Empire of Japan.
On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Navy bombed the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii in a surprise attack.
More than 2,000 Americans were killed. Many airplanes and battleships were destroyed.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously gave a speech in which he said, “December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy. The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
The next day, the U.S. declared war against Japan bringing the U.S. into World War II.