on December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii.
The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes.
Unless you are referring to an event or object belonging to the 1990s (e.g., a 1990's band), the apostrophe should not be used.
The correct way to refer to a decade is, e.g., the 1990s or (abbreviated) the '90s NOT the 1990's or the 90's.
It's not the recent-times inability to use an apostrophe correctly that drives us pedants mad. 'TLAs' looks bizarre and should surely have the apostrophe, deserved or not.
COLL I understand why it is apparent there is no appostrophe (in 1990s); but think of this, when we say 'mind your p's and q's' then there is an apostrophe, so it is the fact that there is no misunderstanding that I believe the appostrophe is included.
After a bit of research it's clear that no matter how determined folk are to the contrary, historically it was '1970's'.
"As a woman," she said, "I can’t go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else."But no one believed that the Japanese would start that war with an attack on American territory.
For one thing, it would be terribly inconvenient: Hawaii and Japan were about 4,000 miles apart.
Okay I know there's ambiguity about mixing it up with "it is", but still...
Gb W/R/T why "its" is special as a possessive without an apostrophe-- "Its" isn't special. ) say to use 's when making numbers (8's), letters (A's, p's & q's), symbols (&'s), and "non-nouns" used as nouns (if's, and's, or but's). It has nothing to do with "seventies" or "seventy's." You can write it however you want, but you can't say someone is wrong for writing 1970's.