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This Day in History: 1945-08-15

This day was proclaimed “V-J Day” by the Allies, a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.  In a pre-recorded radio address, Japan’s Imperial Emperor Hirohito announced that his country had accepted terms of surrender for ending WWII (due to time zones 14th of August in the Americas).  A riot ensued in San Francisco while the city was celebrating the end of WW II.  U.S. wartime rationing of gasoline & fuel oil ends.  Major League Baseball Commissioner Albert Benjamin “Happy” Chandler sells World Series radio rights for $150,000 to Gillette replacing the Ford Motor Co., the World Series sponsor since 1934 (paying  $100,000 annually).  Korean Liberation Day.

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