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December 7
In 1941, Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet located at Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, an act that resulted in America's entry into World War II. Also attacked are Guam, Midway and Wake islands.
In 1944, the U.S. 77th Division under Gen. Hodges landed at Deposito, in Ormoc Bay, in the Philippines. Resistance on the ground is weak, but Japanese kamikaze aircraft sink one destroyer and a fast transport,and seriously damaged other ships. Ironically, the fast transport was the USS Ward, that had fired the first shot at Pearl Harbor exactly three years before.
In 1972, Imelda Marcos, wife of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, was stabbed and seriously wounded by an assailant who was then shot dead by her bodyguards.
In 1987, 43 people were killed in the crash of a Pacific Southwest Airlines jetliner in California after a gunman apparently opened fire on a fellow passenger and the two pilots.
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