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Japan's Unconditional Surrender

An NBC news report summarizes the events of August 15, 1945, when Emperor Hirohito of Japan announced that his country will accept unconditional surrender and called for a ceasefire that formally ended World War II.

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  • Japan's Unconditional Surrender
    Japan's Unconditional Surrender

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    An NBC news report summarizes the events of August 15, 1945, when Emperor Hirohito of Japan announced that his country will accept unconditional surrender and called for a ceasefire that formally ended World War II.

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    Douglas MacArthur Receives the Japanese Surrender

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