On this day in 1942, the Battle of Los Angeles is fought . . . sort of. Americans were ferociously firing at something that was or wasn’t there! Perhaps the situation was unsurprising? Everyone was on edge. After all, the Japanese had attacked an oil field near Santa Barbara just one day earlier. Yes, you read that right. A Japanese submarine fired at the California refinery during World War II, less than three months after Pearl Harbor. It could have been a Japanese spotter plane, it could have been a seagul. But on this night every Air Raid siren and anti aircraft gun in SoCal went off.