17th August 1945
- The Japanese Imperial General Headquarters issue a formal ceasefire in Manchuria.
- General MacArthur issues General Order No. 1 .
- Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni becomes Prime Minister of Japan and orders the Imperial Japanese Army to obey the Emperor’s ceasefire.
- Proclamation of Indonesian Independence issued beginning the Indonesian National Revoloution.
- Chinese Civil War: Battle of Tianmen, results in a Communist victory.
Remembering captivity across Southeast Asia and the Far East during the Second World War