History “Today”: Japan Surrenders, Ends World War II ?>

History “Today”: Japan Surrenders, Ends World War II

August 15, 1945. Exactly today, Japan, through Emperor Hirohito’s nationwide announcement via radio, declared its surrender to the Allied Forces, marking the official ending of World War II.


Japan was the last country among the Axis Powers (that included Italy and Germany) to surrender. The Japanese’s formal surrender took place in a on board the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. 

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