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24 Oct 1945
  • The five permanent members of the United Nations (US, UK, USSR, France, and China) and 26 non-permanent members ratified the UN Charter; 20 non-permanent members rejected it, thus inaugurating the UN. Nationalist leaders such as Sukarno in Indonesia and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam voiced skepticism, waiting to see if the new organization would actually voice against colonialism. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Chinese 12th Military Region commanding officer Fu Zuoyi cabled Mao Zedong, accusing the Chinese Communist forces of raids against his forces in Shanxi and Suiyuan Provinces in the past two months. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Norwegian collaborator Vidkun Quisling was executed by firing squad at Akershus Fortress in Oslo, Norway. ww2dbase [Vidkun Quisling | CPC]
United States
  • Lawrence was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Lawrence | CPC]
  • Cuttlefish was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Cuttlefish | CPC]
  • USS Marcus Island arrived at San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Oct 1945
Drawing of Japanese Navy 3rd Fleet Strike Force at the Battle off Cape Engaño, 25 Oct 1944; Annex A of Toshikazu OhmaeRuins of the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall, Hiroshima, Japan, 24 Oct 1945; distance from center of blast at this point was about 350 meters

24 Oct 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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"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935