Newt Gingrich commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor in the worst way possible

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Many, including politicians, took a few moments on Wednesday to commemorate the lives that were lost 75 years ago during the attack on Pearl Harbor that killed thousands of Americans and essentially thrust the U.S. into World War II. 

But Newt Gingrich’s attempt was so awful, Twitter users were left with their jaws on the floor. 

It all started innocently enough.

But then things took a turn.

While the attack certainly came as a surprise to the world, saying the “Japanese displayed professional brilliance” is a confusing and offensive statement. Dec. 7 is the “date which will live in infamy,” as Franklin D. Roosevelt, famously declared. Read more…

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Experience the day Pearl Harbor was attacked in virtual reality

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The day of Dec. 7, the moment in history when the U.S. was attacked by Japan’s forces on American soil at Pearl Harbor in 1941, continues to be a special day of remembrance for citizens of both countries, as it led to a turning point in World War II

Now, at the 75th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor, we can take a trip back into history thanks to Time’s new “Remembering Pearl Harbor” virtual reality experience on Viveport for the HTC Vive and in the LIFE VR app. 

Told primarily through the accounts of 103-year-old WWII veteran Lt. James Downing, the experience uses information and artifacts from the National WWII Museum and the Library of Congress, as well as gripping visuals and sound design, to transport you back to that fateful day.  Read more…

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Rare photos capture the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective, 75 years ago

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Bomber pilots who participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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In 1941, it seemed to many in Japan that war against the United States was inevitable

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet, had opposed Japan’s alliance with Germany and Italy and its invasion of China

He had also traveled and studied throughout the United States, and understood that Japan’s island empire could not hope to defeat the Americans’ vast resources and industrial capacity in a prolonged war.

Despite his reservations, the pro-war political climate ultimately forced Yamamoto to devise a plan to strike the United States. Read more…

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