Today marks 76th anniversary of Japan’s unconditional surrendered to America, which is the end of World War II.
It claimed the lives of 75 million people across 30 countries, including troops and innocent civilians.
What happened to the war? And why is the US marking a different date for Europe?
When did World War II end?
After six years’ of fighting, World War II was over in 1945. But the exact date will vary depending on which country you are.
In Europe, the war ended on May 8, and is annually celebrated as Victory in Europe Day or VE Day.
The official date is however recognized elsewhere in the world, such as the US or Japan.
What did World War II look like?
Europe saw the end of the war following the fall Berlin to Soviet troops, Adolf Hitler’s suicide and Germany’s unconditional surrender in May 8.
One year after Britain, France (US), Canada and other allies had landed in Normandy France, the Nazis were destroyed. Two massive military forces from the east and west eventually defeated the axis.
World War II came to an end in the rest of the globe when U.S.General Douglas MacArthur accepted Japan’s formal surrender aboard US battleship Missouri, which was anchored at Tokyo Bay.
The Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, December 7, 1941 was the start of the war between Japan & the US.
1945 saw the surrender of Japan after the US dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima (August 6 and 9) and Nagasaki (August 9).
Japan surrendered after being bombed by 77,500 civilians.
Victory Over Japan Day (or VJ Day) is the day of Japan’s surrender.