The attack on the US Pacific fleet’s base at Pearl Harbor is regarded as one of the great acts of wartime treachery, and the man who ordered it, Japan’s Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, was seized as a war criminal after the Japanese surrendered to the Allied forces on September 2nd, 1945.

Pearl Harbor was unprovoked as well as unexpected, and it was the catalyst that began the bloody four-year Pacific war. Tojo, 64, gambled everything on winning – and lost. He attempted suicide while awaiting trial.

Condemned by the international military tribunal for crimes against humanity, he was hanged on Thursday, December 23rd, 1948, along with six other Japanese war criminals, in Sugamo Prison, Tokyo. Worldwide Hangings from True Crime Library.

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