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80 years since Pearl Harbor: How the attack reshaped Asia

Japan's near simultaneous invasion of Thailand spelled end of British Empire

The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941 is a date that has gone down in history. Less remembered is that Japanese forces had begun invading Southeast Asia hours earlier.   © AP

BANGKOK -- President Franklin Roosevelt's somber speech to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives the day after "naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan" attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, home to the U.S. Pacific Fleet -- "a date which will live in infamy," in his estimation -- has indeed never been forgotten.

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