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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”

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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

Think today’s just another day, think again!

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