• World War II ends on August 14 with the unconditional surrender of Japan. The Instrument of Surrender was signed on September 2, 1945 aboard the battleship USS Missouri.
  • On August 6 the first atomic bomb was dropped from a B-29 on Hiroshima. The second atomic bomb was dropped on August 9 on Nagasaki.

The Japanese surrender delegation lead by Foreign Minister Shigemitsu and Army Chief-of-Staff Umezu on the quarter-deck of Missouri

Songs From 1945

  “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
  “New York, New York”


Other Facts from 1945

President: Franklin D. Roosevelt
 and Harry Truman



Average annual income


New car


Loaf of bread


Gallon of milk


Gallon of gas




Dow Jones Average      169