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Many historical sites have museums or commemorative monuments built upon them today, but Google Earth provides another perspective on history - a peaceful, unique look from the stars at historical landmarks and places, some of which just look like ordinary, tranquil natural locations.

While there are limits to what can be seen on Google Earth, the exact locations where major historical happenings left a mark can be seen from locations around the world. Here is a collection of historical places on Google Earth and how they look today. Click the links below each pic to view them interactively on Google Earth and vote up the ones that impress you the most. 

1. Pearl Harbor

The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, resulted in the loss of more than 2,400 lives. As a surprise move by Japan, the early morning airborne offensive destroyed numerous American naval vessels and airplanes. The USS Arizona, a battleship in port at the Hawaii base, sank with more than 1,000 sailors on board and continues to leak oil into the Pacific Ocean. In the immediate aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, the United States officially declared war on Japan and entered World War Two. 


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