Pearl HarborPearl Harbor
inlet on the S coast of Oahu, Hawaii, near Honolulu: site of a U.S. naval base bombed by Japan, Dec. 7, 1941
Origin of Pearl Harborafter the pearl oysters once there
An inlet of the Pacific Ocean on the southern coast of Oahu, Hawaii, west of Honolulu. It became the site of a naval base after the United States annexed Hawaii in 1898. On Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the base, and the United States entered World War II the following day.
USS Shaw exploding in the attack on Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941
From Hawaiian Wai Nomi (“pearl water").
- A sneak attack, often using underhanded measures.
- A seminal dramatic event that unites a community and arouses it into action against an enemy.
From the December 7, 1941, surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Pearl Harbor.