Sep 2, 1945: Allies celebrate V-J Day


Planes fly over 1945, to Tokyo Bay Surrender of Japan, 2 September 1945 ; carrier planes fly in formation over the U.S. and British fleets in Tokyo Bay during surrender ceremonies. USS Missouri , where the ceremonies took place, is at left. USS Detroit is in the right distance. Aircraft include TBM, F6F, SB2C and F4U types. - US Navy via Wikipedia Commons

On September 2, 1945, the USS Missouri hosts the formal surrender of the Japanese government to the Allies, in Tokyo Bay, Japan.

Victory over Japan Day (also known as Victory in the Pacific Day, V-J Day, or V-P Day) is a name chosen for the day on which Japan surrendered, in effect ending World War II, and subsequent anniversaries of that event. The term has been applied to both of the days on which the initial announcement of Japan’s surrender was made – to the afternoon of August 15, 1945, in Japan, and, because of time zone differences, to August 14, 1945 (when it was announced in the United States and the rest of the Americas and Eastern Pacific Islands) – as well as to September 2, 1945, when the signing of the surrender document occurred, officially ending World War II.

The official U.S. commemoration is September 2, while August 15 is the official V-J Day for the UK. The name, V-J Day, had been selected by the Allies after they named V-E Day for the victory in Europe.

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