Seventy-five years ago, World War II ended with Victory over Japan
Seventy-five years ago today, the world celebrated the end of World War II. Known as V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day. It marks the surrender of Japan, ending one of the deadliest and most destructive wars in history.
President Harry Truman announced on Aug. 14, 1945 that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, and people around the world celebrated the end of the war.
On Aug. 15, Japanese Emperor Hirohito broadcast the surrender to the Japanese people on Radio Tokyo.
On Sept. 2, 1945, aboard the USS Missouri, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces Gen. Douglas MacArthur signed the instrument of surrender for the United Nations, and Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz signed for the United States. Navy Adm. William Halsey also attended the signing in Tokyo Bay.