On This Day

What Happened on August 15, 1945

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • A riot ensues in San Francisco while the city is celebrating the end of WW II
  • Chandler sells World Series radio rights for $150,000 to Gillette, Ford had been World Series sponsor since 1934, pay $100,000 annually
  • US wartime rationing of gasoline & fuel oil ends

Victory in BattleVictory over Japan

Victory over Japan Day, the Japanese surrender and the end of WWII is announced in Japan (due to time zones 14th Aug in the Americas)
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Kissing the War Goodbye on VJ Day
Kissing the War Goodbye on VJ Day
  • World War II: Korean Liberation Day.

Famous Birthdays

  • Begum Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister of Bangladesh (1991-96 and 2001-06), born in Dinajpur, Bangladesh
  • Gene Upshaw, American NFL guard (Oakland Radiers) and NFLPA leader, born in Robstown, Texas (d. 2008)
  • Thomas C. Sawyer, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), born in Akron, Ohio

Famous Deaths

  • Korechika Anami, Japanese War Minister (b. 1887)