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20 Sep 1945
  • Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru demanded British troops to leave India. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS R-1 was decommissioned from service at Key West, Florida, United States. ww2dbase [R-1 | CPC]
  • Captain Kunizo Kaneoka was named the commanding officer of light carrier Hosho. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
  • Joseph Stalin expressed disapproval of Georgy Zhukov's 9 Sep 1945 order in which Zhukov ordered his troops to stop committing crimes against the German people; Stalin noted that such orders failed to improve discipline. ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | CPC]
  • Naoshi Kanno was posthumously promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Naoshi Kanno | CPC]
French Indochina Hawaii Japan
  • USS Ticonderoga departed Tokyo, Japan with American servicemen aboard for San Francisco, California, United States (as part of Operation Magic Carpet). ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Tokyo Bay | DS]
  • USS Iowa departed Tokyo Bay, Japan with US servicemen and liberated prisoners of war on board. ww2dbase [Iowa | Tokyo Bay | CPC]
  • USS Alabama departed Japan. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
  • USS Ancon departed Japan. ww2dbase [Ancon | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone Thailand
  • Racial tensions between Thai and Chinese residents in Bangkok, Thailand led to a number of gun fights in the Chinese district. Chinese merchants, who dominated the Thai economy, commenced a general strike a few days later. Things would de-escalate after a month after concessions by both sides. 27 Chinese and 9 Thai were killed in the month of violence. ww2dbase [Bangkok | CPC]
United States
  • Lieutenant Commander John B. Carroll was named the commanding officer of USS Preston. ww2dbase [Preston (Fletcher-class) | CPC]
  • Harry Truman ordered the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to disband in 10 days. ww2dbase [Harry Truman | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Sep 1945
Japanese soldier walking through a barren section of Hiroshima, Japan, Sep 1945

20 Sep 1945 Interactive Map

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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