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1945: Japan surrenders

On this day in 1945, Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.

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1995 — 25 years ago

  • Mickey Mantle, the New York Yankee superstar, Hall of Fame member and hero to thousands, died of liver cancer at 63 years old.
  • The television lineup this evening includes "Murphy Brown," "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Newhart."

1970 — 50 years ago

  • Guided tours, a canoe derby, a kiddie parade, and a grand parade are on the agenda for the Millville Centennial celebration.
  • The first football practice of the season for the Rushford High School football team will be held this week at the new high school field. The Trojans opening game will be against Chatfield on Sept. 2.

1945 — 75 years ago

  • On Aug. 14, 1945, Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. Celebrations began in towns and cities across the U.S.
  • A proclamation by Gov. Edward Thye has designated Aug. 17 as “Purple Heart Day,” where flowers will be sold to help deserving veterans and their families.
  • Mothers and fathers should ensure that Junior’s kite is not equipped with a wire cord. Such a kite, if the wire comes in contact with a power line, may result in a fatal electrical current being carried to the boy or girl on the ground.

1920 — 100 years ago

  • Minnesota Sen. James Carley, of Plainview, known as an organizer and campaigner, has been named chairman of the executive committee of the Democratic state central committee and will oversee publicity for the party.
  • Mrs. H. Witherstine, president of the Rochester School Board and actively involved in the community and educational matters in her city and state, has sailed on the SS Patria from New York to Christiania, Norway, to represent Minnesota in an International Council of Women.


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