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Victory over Japan

Kissing the War Goodbye on VJ Day
Kissing the War Goodbye on VJ Day

Historical Context

New York City celebrated Japan's surrender of Japan with a joy not seen for a generation.

They threw anything and kissed anybody in Times Square.

Photo Info

Photographer: Victor Jorgensen
Date taken: August 14, 1945
Location taken: New York City, New York, USA

Source: US Archives

Related Events

  • 1945-08-14 V-J Day, Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone)
  • 1945-08-15 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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