A bit of a nonsensical question I realize, but does Pearl Harbor seem like a bigger deal because Hawaii is a state? I mean simply that we conflate an attack on Hawaii with an attack on a U.S. state because Hawaii is indeed a state now. Hawaii did not become a state until 1959, and in 1941 was simply a territory. No offence to Guam, but would it seem as big a deal today if Japan had carried out a sneak attack on Guam (a territory that few Americans could find on a map) rather than something that is A STATE IN THE UNION ?!? Seriously, who even remembers (besides the
Guamese Guamanimos Guamamanians) that this oh-so-important American territory in the South Pacific was occupied December 8, 1941 and held by Japan for almost 2.5 years? I feel like the fact that Hawaii is now a state somehow makes the attack on Pearl Harbor seem like a bigger deal when looking backward.