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02
Sep
08

On This Day, 9-2-2008: Japan Surrenders

Japan surrenders

Aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan formally surrenders to the Allies, bringing an end to World War II.

By the summer of 1945, the defeat of Japan was a foregone conclusion. The Japanese navy and air force were destroyed. The Allied naval blockade of Japan and intensive bombing of Japanese cities had left the country and its economy devastated. At the end of June, the Americans captured Okinawa, a Japanese island from which the Allies could launch an invasion of the main Japanese home islands. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur was put in charge of the invasion, which was code-named “Operation Olympic” and set for November 1945.

“Japan surrenders.” 2008. The History Channel website. 1 Sep 2008, 02:03 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=tdihArticleCategory&id=7008.

http://www.on-this-day.com/onthisday/thedays/alldays/sep02.htm

0490 BC – Phidippides of Athens was sent to seek help against the invading Persian Army. The runner was the inspiration for the 26-mile marathon of the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.

1666 – The Great Fire of London broke out. The fire burned for three days destroying 10,000 buildings including St. Paul’s Cathedral. Only 6 people were killed.

1775 – Hannah, the first American war vessel was commissioned by General George Washington.

1901 – Theodore Roosevelt, then Vice President, said “Speak softly and carry a big stick” in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.

1992 – The U.S. and Russia agreed to a joint venture to build a space station.

The Battle of Actium

At the Battle of Actium, off the western coast of Greece, Roman leader Octavian wins a decisive victory against the forces of Roman Mark Antony and Cleopatra, queen of Egypt. Before their forces suffered final defeat, Antony and Cleopatra broke though the enemy lines and fled to Egypt, where they would commit suicide the following year.

“The Battle of Actium.” 2008. The History Channel website. 1 Sep 2008, 02:04 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=tdihArticleCategory&id=5311.

Vietnam independence proclaimed

Hours after Japan’s surrender in World War II, Vietnamese communist Ho Chi Minh declares the independence of Vietnam from France. The proclamation paraphrased the U.S. Declaration of Independence in declaring, “All men are born equal: the Creator has given us inviolable rights, life, liberty, and happiness!” and was cheered by an enormous crowd gathered in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh Square. It would be 30 years, however, before Ho’s dream of a united, communist Vietnam became reality.

“Vietnam independence proclaimed.” 2008. The History Channel website. 1 Sep 2008, 02:04 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=tdihArticleCategory&id=5313.

Ho Chi Minh dies

President Ho Chi Minh of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam dies of a heart attack in Hanoi. North Vietnamese officials announced his death the next day.

“Ho Chi Minh dies.” 2008. The History Channel website. 1 Sep 2008, 02:07 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=1331.

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