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8 Aug 1945
  • At 2300 hours, the Soviet Union tore up the non-aggression treaty with Japan and declared war; the invasion would begin 61 minutes later at the start of the following day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US President Harry Truman signed the United Nations Charter, making the US the third nation to join the new organization. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • US President Truman threatened Japan with further nuclear devastation during a radio address. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Manhattan Project scientist Dr. Harold Jacobsen predicted Hiroshima's devastated centre would remain dead, "not unlike our conception of the moon", for 70 years. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • USS Manta departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched raids on northern Honshu and southern Hokkaido, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • USS Cassin Young departed Okinawa, Japan for San Pedro, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • About 60 American B-29 bombers attacked aircraft factories and arsenals near Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A limited rail service resumed in Hiroshima, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale made rendezvous with USS Dragonet in the Pacific Ocean and received a rescued pilot. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Blenny reported sinking 11 small Japanese craft with the deck gun in the South China Sea off Malaya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Ambassador to the Soviet Union W. Averell Harriman reported to US President Harry Truman that Joseph Stalin would like to see Chinese recognition of the Soviet puppet state of Mongolia as an independent nation, and that its borders would be the present day borders of the Mongolia Area of China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US B-24 bombers based in the Philippine Islands struck Shinchiku Airfield (now Hsinchu), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • United States, Soviet Union, United Kingdom, and France signed the London Charter of the International Military Tribunal in London, England, United Kingdom. The chief prosecutors from these four nations met for the first time. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Aug 1945
Survivors of USS Indianapolis brought to Guam, Mariana Islands via hospital ship Tranquility, 8 Aug 1945Hospital ship Tranquillity arrived at Guam with survivors of Indianapolis, 8 Aug 1945, photo 1 of 3; destroyer escort Steele in foregroundHospital ship Tranquillity arrived at Guam with survivors of Indianapolis, 8 Aug 1945, photo 2 of 3Hospital ship Tranquillity arrived at Guam with survivors of Indianapolis, 8 Aug 1945, photo 3 of 3
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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Famous WW2 Quote
"All that silly talk about the advance of science and such leaves me cold. Give me peace and a retarded science."

Thomas Dodd, late 1945