December 7, 1941 Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor propelled America into World War II. Japanese warplanes, launched at dawn that day from a carrier force, sank or heavily damaged 18 naval vessels (including eight battleships), destroyed 188 planes, and left over 2,000 dead.

President Roosevelt delivered his "Day of Infamy" speech to a joint session of Congress on December 8, 1941 asking for a Declaration of War.  Here is his complete speech to Congress. 

Behind the President  are Vice President Henry Wallace (left) and Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn. To the right of the President, in uniform, is his son James.


Roosevelt addresses Congress on Pearl Harbor Attack

December 8, 1941