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On This Day In 1945: Japan Surrendered To The Allies

14/08/2013 07:47 BST | Updated 14/08/2013 08:07 BST
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02/09/1945 - ON THIS DAY IN 1945 - Japan formally surrenders to the allies, ending World War Two THE JAPANESE SURRENDER: Having surrendered, Japanese soldiers march in formation past American occupation forces on Atsugi airfield at the end of the Second World War. Circa August 1945.

On this day, 68 years ago, Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allies.

The following day, August 15, was made Victory in Japan Day, marked with two-day holidays in the UK, the United States and Australia.

The news was broken by US President Harry S Truman, at a press conference at the White House.

Truman said the Japanese Government had agreed to comply in full with a declaration which demanded the unconditional surrender of Japan, the BBC reported.

Truman "spoke calmly to the reporters, but when he had finished reading his face broke into a smile", the New York Times said.

The surrender came days after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with devastating consequences.

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