The Second World War continues to be remembered in films, series and books that give a closer testimony about many unknown aspects of the last great warlike conflict that unfolded throughout the planet. An example of this is the movie Pearl harbor, released in 2001, which told a story of the mythical bombing in 1941.
Precisely, this Tuesday it’s 80 years old of that event, the attack on Pearl Harbor. The fleet of the Japanese Empire attacked the United States naval base, located in the state of Hawaii, when the country remained outside the conflict of World War II. Nobody in the United States saw the attack coming, not even the Administration led by Franklin D. Roosevelt itself, and thousands of people died in the offensive, which did much damage to the American nation.
A few hours after the attack, Roosevelt declared war to the Japanese Empire, in what the United States called an act of revenge for the cruel massacre. Germany and Italy, faithful allies of Japan as Axis powers, also declared war on the United States four days after the attack, but would end up losing the war four years later.
The historical aftermath of Pearl Harbor
Although the attack on Pearl Harbor was seen in the first instance as a sign of weakness in the United States, the truth is that it ended. for turning against to the Japanese Empire, which would end up being the last Axis power to succumb to the conflict. Emperor Hirohito, the leader of Japan at the time, was never tried for war crimes like the Nazis were in Nuremberg, which caused a huge controversy. Hirohito died in January 1989, just days before Ronald Reagan left the White House.
On the other hand, the war took a turn in April 1945. Roosevelt, who had been president of the United States for 12 years and was in charge of declaring war on the Axis powers, died on April 12, 1945 of a fulminant cerebral infarction. A few days later, Mussolini would be shot and Hitler would commit suicide in the bunker.
The war finished officially on September 2, 1945, six years and one day after its inception, with the capitulation of Japan acknowledging its defeat and Allied victory. Meanwhile, Pearl Harbor continues to be remembered as one of the most iconic moments of World War II 80 years after it happened.