Following the bombing that destroyed a military fleet in the Pacific, killed 2,402 Americans, and launched the country into World War II, the San Francisco Bay Area and the West Coast became a major staging area for the war, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. The bombings and subsequent war not only made the population boom, but altered the demographics of the region for good.
The Bay Area became an industrial hub during the war and when it was over, farmland and orchards were replaced by suburban housing, according to the article. Historian Kevin Starr said in the article that San Francisco had long been known as a cultural hub, with its opera, symphony, and art scene, but the war made it more noted and transformed it into an international city.
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