Table of Data Points

Tag : United States

1946-12-13End of Hostilities

President Harry Truman officially proclaims the end of hostilities in World War II.

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1945-09-02Japanese Surrender

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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1945-08-15Surrender Broadcast

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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1945-08-12US 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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1945-08-09Second 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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1945-08-06First Atomic Bomb

Hiroshima was the primary target of the first nuclear bombing mission on August 6, with Kokura and Nagasaki being alternative targets.

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1945-07-30USS Indianapolis sunk

USS Indianapolis is sunk by Japanese submarine i-58. 317 of 1,196 crew members survived the sinking.

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1945-07-271945-07-28Leaflet drops over Japan

Six b-29 super fortresses dropped leaflets over eleven cities, warning that they would be targets of attacks in the future. The drops were intended to lower moral and also create an impression that the US wanted to minimize civilian casualties.

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1945-07-26Little Boy reaches Tinian

The nine Uranium projectile rings, vital components of the Little Boy atomic bomb destined for Hiroshima, are delivered to Tinian island by the USS Indianapolis.

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1945-07-171945-08-02Potsdam Conference

Stalin, Churchill, and Truman meet to discuss the post war fate of Germany.

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