On This Day

What Happened on August 26, 1945

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan's surrender at the end of WWII

Famous Birthdays

  • Melvin Watt, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
  • Tom Ridge, first United States Secretary of Homeland Security (Rep-R-Pennsylvania), born in Munhall, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • Franz Werfel, Austrian-Bohemian novelist, playwright, and poet (Mirror Man, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh), dies at 54