Today in History
August 15, 1945
Just days after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japanese Emperor Hirohito broadcasts a recorded speech surrendering Japan to the allied forces, and accepting the unconditional terms of the Potsdam Declaration. "I am willing to endure the unendurable, tolerate the intolerable, for peace to last thousands of generations," he says. There are uprisings among the Japanese military in response to the decision, but a formal surrender is signed on September 2.
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