Thursday marks end of hostilities in World War II
On this day in 1945, hostilities came to an end in World War II. On August 15, 19-45, Japanese Emperor Hirohito told his people he had accepted the unconditional surrender demanded by the allies.
Hirohito and U.S. General, Douglas Macarthur signed the formal surrender on board the USS Missouri, less than a month later.
The surrender came only days after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the Soviet Union invaded Japanese-controlled northeast China.