What day am I talking about today?

August 14, 2012

V-J Day – August 14, 1945 – This is the day that the surrender of Japan took place effectively ending World War II.  Although the official surrender ceremony did not take place until September 2, of that year, when the surrender documents were signed aboard the USS Missouri.  However, August 14, saw celebrations across the nation including Times Square where this famous photo was snapped by Alfred Eisenstaedt of Life Magazine.  Eisenstaedt’s photo captured the jubilance that accompanied the announcement of the end of the fighting.  Celebrations took place not only across the nation, but across the world among the Allies.  Below, American servicemen and women celebrate in Paris on the Champs Elysees.

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