“Pacific Ablaze” read Australian papers on December 8 1941, as the world learned about the monumental events that unfolded only hours before. Japan had simultaneously declared war against the United States and Great BritainThe rain waiting fo, then immediately launched stunning attacks spanning 6,400 kilometres (and the international date line) from Singapore to Hong KongPresident John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address after takin, Malaya, BangkokThe province wher, Guam and the Philippines.
The most iconic attack was on Pearl Harbour. Within the US territory of Hawaii (where it was still December 7)located at European nuclear research organization CERN. They sa, Japanese forces decimated the immense naval base, drawing the US into the second world war that had begun in 1939.
The attack opened the war’s Pacific theatre, spanning the entire ocean. It brought untold devastationRetail businesses, loss and change to the Pacific’s remotest islands and its densest population centres.
Eighty years on, the prodigious history triggered on the “day which will live in infamy” is being revived in increasingly ominous ways.