As usual, another historic date passed without any fanfare, or special attention. In 1945, Aug. 15 was the day that Japan surrendered to end the greatest war ever, World War II.

The formal surrender took place Sept. 2 in Tokyo Bay aboard the battleship USS Missouri. The American delegation at the signing was led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who became the military governor of Allied-occupied Japan.

The Japanese surrendered after an American B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima Aug. 6. The second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki Aug. 9. The two bombings killed an estimated 150,000 or more Japanese people. Six days later Japan surrendered.

The Allies wanted an unconditional surrender. The Allies gave in on one point in the surrender — that Japan could keep its emperor.

The United States helped to rebuild Japan. The occupation of Japan ended officially in 1953. 

World War II is ancient history to the younger generation!