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2 September: This Day in History


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We journey through time to find out what happened on a particular September 2nd.

An article by Penny K

2 September 1945 – Japan’s Formal Surrender

Japan formally surrenders under the pressure of the Allies, bringing World War II to a halt. America’s then President Truman declared September 2 officially “V-J (Victory over Japan) Day”

(adapted from http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/september2nd.html.)

Japan’s surrender in 1945 was a joyous event that gave rise to a cultural icons of uninhibited celebration like this:

Remember that life-sized black-and-white photograph that Ben Stiller jumped into in Night at the Museum II to escape baddies? Titled V-J Day in Times Square, it is photographer Alferd Eisenstaedt’s most famous snap. It depicts an American sailor kissing a young woman in Times Square.

Of the picture, he says:

Kiss of Liebe - Liberation

Kiss of Liebe - Liberation

I was walking through the crowds on V-J Day, looking for pictures. I noticed a sailor coming my way. He was grabbing every female he could find and kissing them all — young girls and old ladies alike. Then I noticed the nurse, standing in that enormous crowd. I focused on her, and just as I’d hoped, the sailor came along, grabbed the nurse, and bent down to kiss her. Now if this girl hadn’t been a nurse, if she’d been dressed dark clothes, I wouldn’t have had a picture. The contrast between her white dress and the sailor’s dark uniform gives the photograph its extra impact.

The Eye of Eisenstaedt (excerpt taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%E2%80%93J_day_in_Times_Square)

Think today’s just another day, think again!

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