On This Day

What Happened on August 14, 1945

Historical Events

Historic Event

Ho Chi Minh's Viet Minh movement launch a coordinated uprising against French rule across Vietnam following the Japanese surrender

Potsdam Declaration

Japanese government notifies the Allies that it had accepted the Potsdam Declaration

Victory over Japan

V-J Day, Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone)


Famous Birthdays

  • Brenda Benet, American actress (Lee-Days of Our Lives, Beach Ball), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jennifer d'Abo, British entrepreneur (Ryman, Moyses Stevens)

Steve Martin

Steve Martin, American comedian, banjo player, author and actor (Parenthood; The Jerk; Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas

  • Tony Scannel, Irish actor (Bill, Blue Money), born in Kinsale, Ireland
  • Wim Wenders, German filmmaker (American Friend, Hammett), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
1945 Highlights

About August 14, 1945

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 9 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo