“Jewel Voice Broadcast” (Gyokuon-Hōsō) is aired in Japan at noon officially announcing Japanese Surrender, many are unable to accept the news due to censorship having hidden Japan’s decreasing odds in the months prior.
VJ celebrations break out in Allied Countries (in America this takes place on 14th August due to time differences)
Philippines Campaign comes to an end, resulting in an Allied Victory
Chinese Civil War: Battle of Baoying begins
British government unveils RADAR as one of their biggest secrets of the war.
A radio recording is made by Emperor Hirohito in which he states that the “war should end” and the Japanese people should expect to “bear the unbearable”.
The Kyūjō incident occurs, where some Japanese Officers, unsuccessfully, attempt to steal the Emperor’s recording to prevent it being broadcast in order to stop the surrender. They are unsuccessful and take their own lives as a result.
VJ Celebrations begin in New York City (surrender occurred noon 15th August 1945 Japan Standard Time / 23:00 14th August 1945 Eastern Daylight Time (New York)).
The Viet Minh begin an uprising, in what is now known as the August Revolution, against the French colonial rule in Vietnam.
General Douglas McArthur is made head of Occupation Forces within Japan
Remembering captivity across Southeast Asia and the Far East during the Second World War