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.