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|1946-12-13||End of Hostilities|
President Harry Truman officially proclaims the end of hostilities in World War II.
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At 10:04 a.m., U 3514 received the dubious honor of being the last U-boat sunk by Operation Deadlight, the scuttling of surrendered German U-Boats.
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A series of trials, or tribunals, most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of Nazi Germany after its defeat in World War II.
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The formal surrender occurred on September 2, 1945 when representatives from the Empire of Japan signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri.
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|1945-08-30||Hong Kong Liberated|
Hong Kong is liberated from Japan by British Armed Forces. During the period of occupation, Hong Kong had lost half it's population.
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|1945-08-18||1945-09-01||Kuril Islands Invaded|
Sovient troops from the 355th Rifle Division and elements of the 87th Rifle Corps occupy the Kuril islands. The 20,000 odd Japanese defenders surrender as part of the general surrender terms. The islands are annexed to the Soviet Union.
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After several more days of behind-the-scenes negotiations and a failed coup d'Etat, Emperor Hirohito gave a recorded radio address to the nation. Some Japanese soldiers, devastated by the surrender, committed suicide. Many allied POWs were executed.
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|1945-08-12||US rejects Japan's terms|
US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes officially rejects Japans qualified surrender. Japan would not accept any peace conditions that would "prejudice the prerogatives" of the emperor.
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|1945-08-09||Second Atomic Bomb|
On the morning of August 9, 1945, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress Bockscar, flown by the crew of 393rd Squadron commander Major Charles W. Sweeney, carried the nuclear bomb code-named "Fat Man".
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|1945-08-09||1945-08-20||Soviets invade Manchuria|
A significant factor in the rapid surrender of Japan after the second Atomic bomb was dropped. 700,000 Soviet troops occupied Manchuria. The systematic rape and pillage of the Chinese people was ignored by Soviet authorities.
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