Events Leading to the Japanese Attack of Pearl Harbor Hawaii



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Events Leading to the Japanese Attack of Pearl Harbor Hawaii

The attack on U.S. military forces at Pearl Harbor Hawaii did not just happen nor was it a quick reaction to initiatives instituted by President Roosevelt. The Japanese believed that they were being pushed into a corner by Roosevelt and felt that they must act to protect the Empire.  The follow outline describes some of the events which led to the attack.



1937

July

The Japanese Army invaded North China from Manchuria, eight years of combat with the Chinese began.

December

The gunboat USS Panay, while on routine duty in Chinese waters, was attacked by Japanese aircraft. We do not know if the attack was intentional or an accident but Roosevelt looked for ways to punish Japan. Nothing became of this incident because the Japanese government apologized, paid for all damages, and promised to protect American nationals.



1938



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