News Pearl Harbor's 75th anniversary: A look back at the attack, trial By Nicole Brown firstname.lastname@example.org Updated December 7, 2016 6:28 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email It's been 75 years since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, claiming thousands of American lives and catapulting the United States into World War II. The surprise attack, on Dec. 7, 1941, killed more than 2,400 Americans and destroyed the U.S. Pacific Fleet. One day later, our country declared war on Japan. Events to commemorate the 75th anniversary will take place in Hawaii, Washington, D.C. and other cities. In New York, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum will host a wreath-laying ceremony and a live broadcast of the commemoration in Hawaii. Scroll down to see photos from the attack, as well as images of the trial of Hideki Tojo, the Japanese general who ordered the attack. Photo Credit: Getty Images U.S. sailors stand amid wreckage, watching as the USS Shaw explodes at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Photo Credit: Getty Images A small boat rescues sailors on Dec. 7, 1941, from the USS West Virginia after an attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor. Photo Credit: Getty Images A damaged B-17C bomber sits on the tarmac near Hangar Number 5 at Hickam Field on Dec. 7, 1941, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Photo Credit: National Archive / Getty Images The USS Shaw explodes during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images An aerial view of battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet consumed by flames at Pearl Harbor after Japanese warplanes made a massive surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images The U.S. Pacific Fleet burns at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / U.S. Naval Historical Center The commanding officer of the Japanese aircraft carrier Hokaku watches as planes take off to attack Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images Hideki Tojo, former Japanese prime minister and general during World War II who ordered the attack on Pearl Harbor, appears at his trial before the International Military Tribunal for the Far East on Oct. 1, 1948. He was sentenced to death by hanging for multiple counts of waging aggressive war. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Tom L. Shafer Hideki Tojo, back left, speaks in the prisoners' box during his trial before the International Military Tribunal for the Far East on Oct. 1, 1948. By Nicole Brown email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.