Table of Data Points

Tag : Diplomacy

1946-12-13End of Hostilities

President Harry Truman officially proclaims the end of hostilities in World War II.

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1945-09-02Japanese Surrender

The formal surrender occurred on September 2, 1945 when representatives from the Empire of Japan signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri.

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1945-08-181945-09-01Kuril Islands Invaded

Sovient troops from the 355th Rifle Division and elements of the 87th Rifle Corps occupy the Kuril islands. The 20,000 odd Japanese defenders surrender as part of the general surrender terms. The islands are annexed to the Soviet Union.

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1945-08-15Surrender Broadcast

After several more days of behind-the-scenes negotiations and a failed coup d'Etat, Emperor Hirohito gave a recorded radio address to the nation. Some Japanese soldiers, devastated by the surrender, committed suicide. Many allied POWs were executed.

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1945-08-12US rejects Japan's terms

US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes officially rejects Japans qualified surrender. Japan would not accept any peace conditions that would "prejudice the prerogatives" of the emperor.

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1945-07-171945-08-02Potsdam Conference

Stalin, Churchill, and Truman meet to discuss the post war fate of Germany.

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1945-05-23Flensburg Dissolved

A British liaison officer meets with all members of the Donitz' government and reads an order from General Dwight Eisenhower ordering the dissolution of the provisional government and arrest of all its members.

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1945-05-07Unconditional Surrender

Generaloberst Alfred Jodl signs the instruments of undconditional surrender on behalf of the new German president Karl Donitz. Jodl was later tried and executed for war crimes.

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1945-02-23Turkey declares war

In a largely ceremonial gesture, Turkey declares war on Germany.

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1945-02-041945-02-11Yalta Conference

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and General Secretary Joseph Stalin meet to discuss the organization of post war Europe.

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