The mass media we have today gave almost no mention to Thursday, Aug. 15, as a significant date in American history. It was Aug. 15, 1945, that the Japanese emperor Hirohito issued a proclamation surrendering to Allied Forces. That ended World War II.
The formal signing of the unconditional surrender documents occurred Sept. 2, on the battleship Missouri in Tokyo harbor. President Harry Truman announced at 7 p.m. Aug. 14, 1945, that Japan had surrendered. Celebrations across the country lasted all night in many places. An estimated two million people jammed Times Square in New York in the biggest and wildest celebration.
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