76th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a Sunday, Japanese bombers flew across Oahu, Hawaii, and began their assault.

The attack killed more than 2,300 people, nearly half of them on the battleship USS Arizona. More than 1,100 were injured. After the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech before Congress, calling Dec. 7 a “date which will live in infamy.” The U.S. declared war against Japan. (AP)

Dec. 7, 2017, marks the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Here’s a look back at that fateful day.

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The year before the Japanese raid

An aerial photograph taken on May 3, 1940, the year before the Japanese raid, shows the East Loch and the the Fleet Air Base on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. Visible are the carrier Yorktown, 10 battleships, 17 cruisers, two light cruisers and over 30 destroyers. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

Japanese Navy Type 99 Val carrier bombers prepare

Japanese Navy Type 99 Val carrier bombers prepare to take off from an aircraft carrier to attack Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The ship in the background is the carrier Soryu. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

A Japanese officer watches

An officer on the Japanese aircraft carrier Shokaku watches as planes take off to attack Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The Kanji inscription at left is a commander order to pilots to do their duty to destroy the enemy. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

A Japanese Navy Type 97 Kate carrier attack plane takes off

A Japanese Navy Type 97 Kate carrier attack plane takes off from the aircraft carrier Shokaku, en route to attack Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

Minutes before the attack

This picture, taken by a Japanese photographer, shows how American ships are clustered together before the surprise Japanese aerial attack on Pear Harbor, HI., on Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941. Minutes later the full impact of the assault was felt and Pearl Harbor became a flaming target. (AP Photo)

A Japanese bomber aircraft in action

A Japanese bomber aircraft is seen in the foreground of an aerial photograph taken by a Japanese pilot during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/NEA Services/Handout via Reuters)

Sailors stand amid wrecked planes

In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, sailors stand among wrecked airplanes at Ford Island Naval Air Station as they watch the explosion of the USS Shaw in the background, during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

Japanese crew members cry ‘banzai’

The crew of the Japanese carrier Shokaku cry “banzai” as a Type 97 Kate carrier attack plane takes off as the second wave attack is launched on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

Sailors attemp to save a burning PBY amphibious aircraft

Sailors attempt to save a burning PBY amphibious aircraft during the Japanese raid on Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command/Handout via Reuters)

Gunners watch for Japanese planes

Gunners on the minesweeper USS Avocet look for more Japanese planes at about the time the air raid ended on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

A Japanese navy Type 99 Val carrier bomber in action

A Japanese navy Type 99 Val carrier bomber is seen in action during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

Three U.S. battleships are hit

Three U.S. battleships are hit from the air during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. From left are: USS West Virginia, severely damaged; USS Tennessee, damaged; and USS Arizona, sunk. (AP Photo)

The USS Arizona burns

The battleship USS Arizona burns on Battleship Row, beside Ford Island, in an aerial photo taken from a Japanese aircraft during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Ships seen are, from left, USS Nevada, USS Arizona with USS Vestal moored outboard, USS Tennessee with USS West Virginia moored outboard, and USS Maryland with USS Oklahoma capsized alongside. (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command/Handout via Reuters)

The USS Arizona’s forward magazines explode

The battleship USS Arizona burns, immediately following the explosion of its forward magazines, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The still image is from a color motion picture taken on board the hospital ship USS Solace. (Eric Haakenson/U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

Rising smoke from the USS Arizona

Flak bursts of anti-aircraft shells pepper the skyline above rising smoke from the battleship USS Arizona during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

The sunken battleship USS Arizona burns

The forward superstructure of the sunken battleship USS Arizona burns after the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command/Handout via Reuters)

Japanese Zero leaves a trail of smoke

A Japanese Type 00 (Zero) carrier fighter trails smoke after it was hit by anti-aircraft fire during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

USS Shaw explodes

The forward magazine of the destroyer USS Shaw explodes during the second Japanese attack wave on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command/Handout via Reuters)

The USS West Virginia burns

The battleship USS West Virginia is seen afire after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. (AP Photo)

USS Shaw is seen exploding

The forward magazines of the destroyer USS Shaw explode after a bombing attack by Japanese planes on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command/Handout via Reuters)

Troops man a machine gun nest

Troops man a machine gun nest at Wheeler Field, which adjoins Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, after the Japanese attack on the island of Oahu, Dec. 7, 1941. (AP Photo)

U.S. Marines awaiting the possible return of Japanese aircraft

U.S. Marines await the possible return of Japanese aircraft on the parade ground at the Pearl Harbor Marine Barracks on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command/Handout via Reuters)

The damaged USS California at Pearl Harbor

The damaged battleship USS California, listing to port after being hit by Japanese aerial torpedoes and bombs, is seen off Ford Island during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

A Japanese Type 00 (Zero) fighter is seen after it crashed

A Japanese Type 00 (Zero) fighter with markings from the carrier Akagi is seen after it crashed during the attack at Fort Kamehameha, near Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

The body of a sailor killed

The body of a sailor killed during the Japanese air attack at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay lies on the shoreline at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

Sailors rescue a survivor from the water

Sailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken battleship USS West Virginia during or shortly after the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

A wrecked U.S. Army Air Corps B-17C bomber

A wrecked U.S. Army Air Corps B-17C bomber lies at Hickam Air Field after the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. This plane, piloted by Capt. Raymond T. Swenson, was one of those that arrived during the raid after flying in from California. It was hit by a strafing attack after landing and burned in half. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

Wrecked U.S. Navy destroyers after the attack

The destroyers USS Downes and USS Cassin lie wrecked in Drydock One ahead of the battleship USS Pennsylvania soon after the end of the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

A model made for a Japanese propaganda film

A model made for a Japanese propaganda film on the Pearl Harbor raid, showing ships located as they were during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack, is seen in a photograph brought back to the U.S. from Japan at the end of World War II by Rear Admiral John Shafroth. (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command/Handout via Reuters)

A Japanese chart identifying ship mooring locations in Pearl Harbor

A chart identifying ship mooring locations and entitled (at upper left) “Report on positions of enemy fleet at anchorage,” is seen after it was recovered from a Japanese aircraft that was downed during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

Naval officers listen to Roosevelt’s address to Congress requesting a declaration of war

Ship’s chief petty officers listen to the radio broadcast of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s address to Congress requesting a declaration of war against the Axis powers, Dec. 8, 1941. Note the photograph of Roosevelt on the bulkhead. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

The day after the attack

The day after the Pearl Harbor attack, a Marine rifle squad fires a volley over the bodies of 15 officers and men killed at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

Sailors honor men killed

Following Hawaiian tradition, Sailors honor men killed during the Japanese Pearl Harbor attack the previous year on Naval Air Station Kaneohe, Hawaii on May 31, 1942.The casualties had been buried on December 8, 1941. (U.S. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters)

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