On Aug. 14, 1945, the world was told that Japan had surrendered, a move that brought an end to World War II. Celebrations began on both Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 with those dates becoming known as "Victory over Japan Day" or V-J Day. The formal surrender took place on Sept. 2, 1945 on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
The Japanese surrender to Allied forces aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Sept. 2, 1945. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur hands the pen to British Lieut. Gen. Arthur E. Percival after signing surrender papers.
Three-year-old William Lee throws confetti from his flag-draped fire escape at 31 Mott Street in the Chinatown section of New York, after reports from Tokyo that the Japanese had accepted the American terms of surrender, Aug. 14, 1945. The tentative reports were incentive enough for William to start tossing the paper scraps.
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Servicemen celebrate the announcement of the Japanese surrender with bottles of Three Feathers Whiskey in Washington, D.C., Aug. 14, 1945.
In this photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, a U.S. flag is lowered in the gathering dusk of V-J Day as a Marine kneels in silent prayer beside the grave of a comrade in the First Marine Division cemetery on Okinawa, Aug. 15, 1945.
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Servicemen and women celebrate the announcement of the Japanese surrender in Washington, D.C., Aug. 14, 1945.
Paper litters Seventh Avenue at 35th Street in New York's Garment District as workers began celebrating after it was announced Japan had accepted the Allied surrender terms on Aug. 14, 1945.
Thousands jammed New York's Times Square after Pres. Harry Truman announced Japan's unconditional surrender, Aug. 14, 1945. There is a replica of the Statue of Liberty in front of One Times Square.
A jubilant crowd of American Italians are seen as they wave flags and toss papers in the air while celebrating Japan's unconditional surrender in their neighborhood in New York City, on August 14, 1945.
San Franciscans are shown celebrating the Japanese surrender, known as V-J Day, on August 14, 1945.
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German-American photographer and photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt poses at the opening on May 5, 1986 of an exhibition of his famous pictures taken for "Life" magazine at the Kultur Kontor der Hamburger Hanse Vier, in Hamburg, Germany, with one of his best know photographs taken during the celebrations of V-J Day in Times Square, New York on August 1945.
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Thousands of jubilant people celebrate V-J Day as they gather on New York's Times Square, after the official announcement that the Japanese had accepted the terms of Potsdam and surrendered, hereby ending World War II, on August 15, 1945.
In this 1945 photo, a jubilant crowd dances on the White House lawn on V-J Day following Japan's surrender.
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Admiral Chester W. Nimitz pins the Navy Cross on Doris Miller at a ceremony onboard a U.S. Navy warship in Pearl Harbor on May 27, 1942. Miller manned a machine gun at Pearl Harbor and was the first African American awarded the Navy Cross for valor.
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Representatives of the Allied nations stand at attention as General Douglas MacArthur speaks, prior to the signing of the Instrument of Surrender aboard the USS Missouri, Sept. 2, 1945.
This is the scene aboard the battleship USS Missouri as the Japanese surrender documents were signed in Tokyo Bay, Sept. 2, 1945.