21 facts about Pearl Harbor

To mark the 79th anniversary of the attack, here some facts that you may not know 

1. America fired the first shot. At 6:37 a.m. on the morning of December 7, 1941, the USS Ward attacked and sank a Ko-hyoteki-class midget submarine near the entrance to the harbour, officially making it both the first shot fired on that day and the first American shots in the War in the Pacific. The Japanese submarine’s periscope was spotted above the water by the minesweeper Condor, which alerted the crew of the Ward, who opened fire on the intruder.

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