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1 Jan 1946
  • Emperor Showa of Japan renounced his divinity. [Main Article | CPC]
  • The rationing of tires in the United States ended. [CPC]
  • Ioannis Rallis passed away. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Rikichi Ando passed away. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Waller was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Arthur Coningham was made Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. [Main Article | CPC]
Nauru
  • The 737 Nauruan forced laborers deported by the Japanese to Truk, Caroline Islands were returned to Nauru aboard the ship Trienza. [CPC]
United States
  • Arthur Harrison Graubart of the US Navy was named the commanding officer of the captured German cruiser USS IX-300 (formerly Prinz Eugen). [Main Article | CPC]
2 Jan 1946

Hawaii
  • USS Manta departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for San Francisco, California, United States to prepare for inactivation. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Menhaden departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan
3 Jan 1946
  • The British Reconnaissance Corps was disbanded at the Reconnaissance Training Centre, Catterick, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom after a parade. [CPC]
Germany
  • Karl Wiligut passed away in Arolsen, Germany. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Jan 1946
Tiru under construction at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 3 Jan 1946; submarines in background were Bashaw, Pampanito, Mingo, Gurnard, Macabi, Tunny, Guavina, and Sand LanceInactivated submarines at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 3 Jan 1946
5 Jan 1946

Japan Russia
  • The Soviets executed German Major General Heinrich Remlinger, the former military commandant of Pskov, Russia. [Main Article | CPC]
6 Jan 1946

Hawaii
  • I-400 arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. [Main Article | CPC]
  • I-401 arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. [Main Article | CPC]
  • I-14 arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. [CPC]
Taiwan
7 Jan 1946

China
  • USS Saint Paul departed Shanghai, China. [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan Photo(s) dated 7 Jan 1946
The ruins of the Urakami Roman Catholic church, Nagasaki, Japan, 7 Jan 1946
8 Jan 1946
  • Westcott was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • British submarine HM Safari, reputedly the most successful Allied submarine of the Second World War, sank in the English Channel whilst under tow to the breakers. [AC]
United States
  • USS Tirante arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Menhaden arrived at San Francisco, California, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Jan 1946
Cumberland in Grand Harbour, Malta, 8 Jan 1946
10 Jan 1946 China
  • Chinese Nationalist troops captured Pingquan County, Hebei Province, China. [CPC]
Russia
  • Sergei Kruglov officially assumed the role as the head of Soviet NKVD. [CPC]
11 Jan 1946
  • Detroit was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
12 Jan 1946

United States
  • USS Marcus Island departed San Diego, California, United States for the Panama Canal Zone. [Main Article | CPC]
13 Jan 1946
  • USS IX-300 (former German cruiser Prinz Eugen) departed from Copenhagen, Denmark. [Main Article | CPC]
14 Jan 1946

Australian New Guinea
16 Jan 1946

Australian New Guinea Russia
  • Alexander Novikov submitted plans for a reorganization of the Soviet Air Force to Joseph Stalin. [Main Article | CPC]
17 Jan 1946

South Africa
  • HMS Colossus was drydocked at the Selborne drydock at Simonstown, South Africa for repairs and refitting. [Main Article | CPC]
18 Jan 1946

United States
  • Sproston was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wisconsin arrived at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
19 Jan 1946

Japan
  • General Douglas MacArthur established the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo, Japan to try Japanese war criminals. [Main Article | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Mero departed the Panama Canal Zone. [Main Article | CPC]
21 Jan 1946

Photo(s) dated 21 Jan 1946
Accused Japanese war criminals on trial at the Supreme Court of Singapore, 21 Jan 1946, photo 1 of 3Accused Japanese war criminals Sadaichi, Nakamura, Shoxo, Jinichiro, Majoto, Tamotsu, Mesami, Ken, Ryuichi, and Tadasu on trial at the Supreme Court of Singapore, 21 Jan 1946Accused Japanese war criminals on trial at the Supreme Court of Singapore, 21 Jan 1946, photo 2 of 3Accused Japanese war criminals on trial at the Supreme Court of Singapore, 21 Jan 1946, photo 3 of 3
See all photos dated 21 Jan 1946
22 Jan 1946
  • The Supreme National Tribunal of Poland was established to preside over trials of German war criminals. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Jan 1946
Battleship Massachusetts underway at 6 knots in Puget Sound, Washington, United States after her final overhaul, 22 Jan 1946
23 Jan 1946

Austria
  • Soviet SMERSH agents attempted to kidnap former German agent Richard Klaus (also known as Fritz Klatt and Max) in Austria, but the Soviets were thwarted by the Americans. The Soviets were interned overnight and were returned to the Soviet occupation zone on the following day. [CPC]
Germany
  • The hearing against Hans Fritzsche began in Nürnberg, Germany. [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Photo(s) dated 23 Jan 1946
President Harry Truman congratulating Lieutenant Donald Gary after Gary received the Medal of Honor, the White House, Washington, DC, United States, 23 Jan 1946
24 Jan 1946
  • Kitty Hawk was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
26 Jan 1946

Russia
  • Severin Dobrovolsky, a former White Russian military officer who later became loyal to the Soviet Union and acted as a Soviet spy in Finland, was executed for counter-revolutionary activities. [CPC]
United States
  • USS Saint Paul arrived at Terminal Island Naval Shipyard near Los Angeles, California, United States for repairs. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Shamrock Bay arrived at Seattle, Washington, United States, bringing back US servicemen from Pacific bases. [Main Article | CPC]
27 Jan 1946

United States
  • USS Charr arrived at San Diego, California, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
28 Jan 1946

Photo(s) dated 28 Jan 1946
I-58
29 Jan 1946
  • Harry Hopkins, one of Franklin Roosevelt's closest advisers and a key policy maker in creating the Lend-Lease Act, died of stomach cancer in New York, United States. [AC]
United States
  • USS Segundo entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States for overhaul. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 29 Jan 1946
USS Besugo at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 29 Jan 1946; note USS Spadefish and USS Barbero in background
30 Jan 1946
  • HMS Activity was placed in Category B Reserve. [Main Article | CPC]
Byelorussia
  • Johann Georg Richert was found guilty and was executed in Minsk, Byelorussia. [Main Article | CPC]
31 Jan 1946

Photo(s) dated 31 Jan 1946
Katsuragi in Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain, 31 Jan 1946
1 Feb 1946
  • Isherwood was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Soviet prosecutors in Nürnberg, Germany brought out Friedrich Paulus and Erich Buschenhagen by surprise as witnesses in the war crimes trials. [Main Article | CPC]
2 Feb 1946

Japan United States
  • USS Marcus Island arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
3 Feb 1946

Latvia
  • Friedrich Jeckeln was found guilty and was executed in Riga, Latvia. [Main Article | CPC]
5 Feb 1946
  • Milan Nedić passed away. [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Army attorney Colonel Harry Clarke wrote to US Secretary of War Robert Patterson in request of clemency for General Tomoyuki Yamashita. [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii Photo(s) dated 5 Feb 1946
Letter to US Secretary of War Robert Patterson to request clemency for Yamashita, 5 Feb 1946Letter to US President Harry Truman to request clemency for Yamashita, 5 Feb 1946Request for Executive Clemency for Yamashita, addressed to Truman, 5 Feb 1946, page 1 of 4Request for Executive Clemency for Yamashita, addressed to Truman, 5 Feb 1946, page 2 of 4
See all photos dated 5 Feb 1946
6 Feb 1946

Taiwan
7 Feb 1946

Taiwan Photo(s) dated 7 Feb 1946
Göring, Heß, Ribbentrop, and Keitel at the Nuremberg Trials, 7 Feb 1946, photo 2 of 2Göring, Heß, Ribbentrop, and Keitel at the Nuremberg Trials, 7 Feb 1946, photo 1 of 2
9 Feb 1946
  • Hammerhead was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • At the Bolshoi Theater in central Moscow, Russia, Joseph Stalin made a speech which effectively claimed that the Western Allies played little or no part in the Soviet victory over Germany in WW2. [Main Article | CPC]
12 Feb 1946
  • U-3514 became the last captured German submarine to be scuttled during Operation Deadlight at 1004 hours. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Brill arrived at San Diego, California, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
13 Feb 1946
  • Tuscaloosa was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
15 Feb 1946

British Western Pacific Territories
16 Feb 1946
  • Drum was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Heavy cruiser USS Oregon City (CA-122) was commissioned with Captain Burtnett Kent Culver in command. [AC]
British Western Pacific Territories
18 Feb 1946

China
  • Du Yuming was secretly flown to Beiping, China for treatment of his kidney ailments. [Main Article | CPC]
19 Feb 1946

British Western Pacific Territories Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Cabrilla conducted exercises in the Panama Canal Zone. [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Alan Turing presented a paper that revealed his design of a stored-program computer, but he was scrutized by the British government as it contained too much secret technology developed during WW2. [Main Article | CPC]
21 Feb 1946
  • Submarine R-1 sank in 6.4 meters of water at Key West, Florida, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Nürnberg, Germany, Hans Fritzsche was shown a Soviet documentary about the destruction of Eastern European cities in the war and broke down. [Main Article | CPC]
22 Feb 1946
  • General Seishiro Itagaki formally surrendered the Japanese Seventh Area Army to Lieutenant General F. W. Messervy at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya. [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii Photo(s) dated 22 Feb 1946
Lieutenant General F. W. Messervy of Malaya Command receiving the sword of General Itagaki of Japanese 7th Area Army at a formal ceremony of surrender, Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, 22 Feb 1946
23 Feb 1946
  • Japanese General Yamashita executed by hanging at Los Banos Prison Camp near Manila. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Gabilan was decommissioned from service at New London, Connecticut, United States and was assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. [Main Article | CPC]
24 Feb 1946
  • Submarine R-1 was raised from her sunken state. [Main Article | CPC]
25 Feb 1946
  • Franz Halder was interrogated by US Army attorney Captain Sam Harris; during the interrogation, Halder revealed the plan and the history of the 1938 plot against Adolf Hitler (which was never launched). [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Red Army of the Soviet Union was officially renamed the Soviet Army. [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 25 Feb 1946
Japanese Army Major Ichikawa of 3rd Battalion, 215th Infantry Regiment awaiting trial for the death of 600 civilians of the village of Kalagan in Southern Burma during the war, Rangoon, 25 Feb 1946
27 Feb 1946

Japan United States
  • USS Alabama departed San Pedro, California, United States for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
28 Feb 1946

Philippines
  • USS ABSD-1 prepared for inactivation while at Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Henry Arnold was removed from the active list of the US Army Air Force due to a heart arrhythmia. [Main Article | CPC]
1 Mar 1946
  • Wedderburn was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Soviet Council of Commissars approved the prmotion of Vasilii Stalin, the son of Joseph Stalin, to the rank of major general; Vyacheslav Molotov personally called Vasilii Stalin to share the news, but Vasilii Stalin was too drunk to understand. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Mero arrived at San Francisco Bay, California, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Shamrock Bay arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, United States for inactivation work. [Main Article | CPC]
2 Mar 1946

United States
  • USS Seahorse was decommissioned from service at Mare Island Naval Shipyard at Vallejo, California, United States. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Spot completed her duty with anti-submarine warfare training units at San Diego, California, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
5 Mar 1946

Japan
  • Iwane Matsui entered Sugamo Prison, Tokyo, Japan. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Winston Churchill gave the "Iron Curtain" speech at Fulton College (now Westminster College), Missouri, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
6 Mar 1946
  • Ho Chi Minh signed an agreement with France which recognized Vietnam as an autonomous state in the Indochinese Federation and the French Union. [CPC]
  • USS Pintado was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
7 Mar 1946

Photo(s) dated 7 Mar 1946
Mug shot of Iva Toguri, taken at Sugamo Prison, Tokyo, Japan, 7 Mar 1946, photo 1 of 2Mug shot of Iva Toguri, taken at Sugamo Prison, Tokyo, Japan, 7 Mar 1946, photo 2 of 2
11 Mar 1946
  • Rudolf Höss, who had been living for the past year as a farmer under the pseudonym Franz Lang, was arrested by British troops. [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Germany
  • Soviet chief prosecutor Roman Rudenko sent a letter to US chief prosecutor Robert Jackson, asking the US prosecution team in Nürnberg, Germany not to bring up the topics of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, borders with Poland, and other sensitive issues. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Mar 1946
Carl Mannerheim and new Finnish President Juho Paasikivi, 11 Mar 1946, photo 1 of 2; note Alli Paasikivi in backgroundCarl Mannerheim and new Finnish President Juho Paasikivi, 11 Mar 1946, photo 2 of 2
12 Mar 1946
  • Ferenc Szálasi passed away. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Regarding the countless German civilian deaths as the result of Allied bombing, Wing Commander Millington, MP of Chelmsford, said at the House of Commons "We want - that is, the people who served in Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force and their next-of-kin - a categorical assurance that the work we did was militarily and strategically justified." [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Herman Göring's attorney Dr. Otto Stahmer convinced the war crimes tribunal in Nürnberg, Germany to investigate further into the Soviet version of the description of the Katyn massacre. [Main Article | CPC]
Yugoslavia
  • Dragoljub Mihailovic was found and captured by Yugoslavian Communists in eastern Bosnia. [Main Article | CPC]
13 Mar 1946
  • Submarine R-1 was sold to Macey O. Smith of Miami, Florida, United States for scrap. [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Photo(s) dated 13 Mar 1946
FR-1 Fireball fighter of US Navy squadron VF-41 landing aboard escort carrier USS Bairoko, 13 Mar 1946; this aircraft
14 Mar 1946
  • Werner von Blomberg passed away. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Prichett was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • At the Nuremberg Trials, Hermann Göring said that the Spanish Civil War was used by the Luftwaffe to test out newly designed equipment and to battle-harden its personnel. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Mero arrived at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States and was assigned to the 19th Fleet. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Mar 1946
Japanese Army Lt Nakamura being led to the scaffold where he would be executed by hanging for beheading an Indian soldier at Pulau Island near Singapore during the war, 14 Mar 1946
15 Mar 1946
  • The Greek Civil War began. [CPC]
  • Nikolai Voznesensky stepped down as the First Deputy Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Soviet Union. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Georgy Malenkov stepped down as the deputy of the Soviet Council of Commissars. [CPC]
Russia
  • Joseph Stalin renamed all Soviet commissariats to ministries. [Main Article | CPC]
16 Mar 1946

China
  • Du Yuming underwent a surgery in Beiping, China, removing his left kidney. [Main Article | CPC]
17 Mar 1946

Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Cabrilla completed exercises in the Panama Canal Zone. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Mar 1946
USS Indiana, USS Massachusetts, and USS Alabama at the Embarcadero, San Francisco, California, United States, 17 Mar 1946
18 Mar 1946

Russia
  • Georgy Malenkov and Lavrentiy Beria were made full members of the Soviet Politburo. [Main Article | CPC]
19 Mar 1946
  • Captain Frank Robinson Walker was named the commanding officer of USS Astoria. [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • The Soviet Council of Commissars was renamed the Council of Ministers. Joseph Stalin remained as the chairman of the council. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Lavrentiy Beria was named one of the deputies of the newly renamed Soviet Council of Ministers. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Sergei Kruglov was named the Minister of Internal Affairs (MVD) in the Soviet Council of Ministers. [CPC]
  • Vsevolod Merkulov was named the Minister of State Security (MGB) in the Soviet Council of Ministers. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Puffer arrived at San Francisco, California, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
20 Mar 1946

United States
  • USS Hackleback was decommissioned from service at San Francisco, California, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
22 Mar 1946
  • Robert Saundby retired from the RAF on medical grounds. [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kirun (now Keelung), Taiwan and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later in the same day. [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
United States
  • USS Missouri departed the United States with the remains of Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Munir Ertegun. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Mar 1946
Fourteen Japanese accused of the 637 murders at Kalagon Village on trial, Rangoon, Burma, 22 Mar 1946
23 Mar 1946
  • Mikhail Rodionov became the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Russian SFSR. [Main Article | CPC]
Japan United States
  • USS Sargent Bay arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, United States for inactivation. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Henry Arnold was promoted to the permanent rank of General of the Army. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Mar 1946
US President Harry Truman, Secretary of State James Byrnes, and newly-appointed Ambassador Walter Smith discussing SmithÉmile Bertin with a junk alongside, French Indochina, 23 Mar 1946
24 Mar 1946

Germany
  • Soviet prosecutor Yurii Pokrovsky escorted Nikolai Zorya's body from Nürnberg, Germany to Leipzig, Germany; the documentation Pokrovsky carried noted that Zorya was a private rather than his actual rank of major general. [Main Article | CPC]
25 Mar 1946
  • Tranquility was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Activity was sold to the civilian firm Glen Lines; she was to be renamed Breconshire. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Iowa returned to the United States from Japan. [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Rudolf Hess' attorney Dr. Alfred Seidl brought evidence concerning the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact to the war crimes trial in Nürnberg, Germany. The evidence would not be allowed to be entered. [Main Article | CPC]
26 Mar 1946
  • US 83rd Infantry Division returned to the United States from Europe. [CPC]
  • Long Island was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
South Africa
  • HMS Colossus completed her refitting and repairs at the Selborne drydock at Simonstown, South Africa. [Main Article | CPC]
28 Mar 1946
  • Commanding officer Captain Richard Oliver of USS Sargent Bay was relieved by Commander Milton Worley. [Main Article | CPC]
Korea Photo(s) dated 28 Mar 1946
Fifteen Japanese accused of the Luntau Island atrocities on trial, Hong Kong, 28 Mar 1946
29 Mar 1946

United States
  • Submarine Marlin was sold to Boston Metal Company, Baltimore, Maryland, United States for scrap. [Main Article | CPC]
30 Mar 1946
  • Over 1,000 Germans were arrested by the Allied occupation administration for the attempt to re-organize the Nazi Party. [CPC]
31 Mar 1946 Japan
1 Apr 1946
  • Commander Jack Seymour became the commanding officer of USS Charr. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Katsuragi was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • I-58 was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US Navy conducted a mass scuttling of captured enemy warships. Twenty-one surviving giant Japanese submarines (including the infamous I-58) were among the vessels destroyed. [AC]
Canada
  • Portions of the Alaska-Canadian Highway physically located in Canada were turned over to the Canadian government. [CPC]
India
  • Roderick Carr was named the commanding officer of the Royal Indian Air Force. [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • I-402 was scuttled 60 miles off Sasebo, Japan at 1300 hours. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Apr 1946
I-58 prepared for scuttling, 1 Apr 1946
2 Apr 1946
  • Pierre Charles Cournarie stepped down as the Governor-General of French West Africa. [CPC]
3 Apr 1946
4 Apr 1946
  • SMERSH agents arrested former Soviet Aviation Industry Commissar Aleksei Shakhurin. [CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS S-35 was sunk as a target off the Hawaiian Islands. [Main Article | CPC]
5 Apr 1946
  • US 83rd Infantry Division was deactivated. [CPC]
  • USS Wake Island was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Missouri arrived at Istanbul, Turkey with the remains of Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Munir Ertegun. [Main Article | CPC]
8 Apr 1946
  • The League of Nations held its final meeting. [CPC]
9 Apr 1946

Romania
  • Ion Antonescu, Mihai Antonescu, and Kristia Pantasi were returned to Romania for trial. [Main Article | CPC]
10 Apr 1946
  • USS Missouri arrived at Piraeus, Greece. [Main Article | CPC]
11 Apr 1946
  • Joseph Stalin informed the Soviet Politburo explaining why former Soviet Aviation Industry Commissar Aleksei Shakhurin and his colleagues were arrested, centering largely on their responsibility for manufacturing faulty aircraft during WW2. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1946
General Dwight Eisenhower speaking at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory at Lewis Field, Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 11 Apr 1946; note lab director Edward Sharp in background
15 Apr 1946

United States
  • USS Sea Cat arrived at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States for overhaul. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
16 Apr 1946

China
  • Du Yuming arrived at Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Dragonet was decommissioned from service at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
17 Apr 1946
  • Syria became independent from France. [CPC]
  • Escort carrier Wake Island was struck from the US Naval Register. [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Wasp accidentally ran aground off New Jersey, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
18 Apr 1946
  • Daly was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Craven was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Gridley was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
19 Apr 1946
  • USS Makin Island was decommissioned from service at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington, United States. [Main Article | DS]
United States
  • Escort carrier Wake Island was sold for scrap to the Boston Metals Company of Baltimore, Maryland, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
22 Apr 1946

Russia
  • Alexander Novikov was stripped of his rank and was arrested for failing to produce reconnaissance aircraft matching those of the United States. [Main Article | CPC]
23 Apr 1946

Russia
  • Alexander Novikov was tortured under imprisonment. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Brill departed San Diego, California, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
24 Apr 1946

Russia
  • Joseph Stalin met with Lavrentiy Beria, Andrei Zhdanov, Georgy Malenkov, Anastas Mikoyan, Viktor Abakumov, Vsevolod Merkulov, and Sergei Ogoltsov over the reorganization of the Soviet Ministry for State Security (MGB). [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Preston was decommissioned from service and was placed into the Pacific Reserve Fleet. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1946
Fleet Admiral Nimitz, Fleet Admiral Leahy, President Truman, and Vice Admiral Mitscher aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt during maneuvers off the Virginia Capes, United States, 24 Apr 1946Stern view of USS Segundo departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 24 Apr 1946Broadside view of USS Segundo departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 24 Apr 1946, photo 1 of 2Bow view of USS Segundo departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 24 Apr 1946
See all photos dated 24 Apr 1946
25 Apr 1946

United States
  • USS Barbero was decommissioned and placed in reserve while still in commission. [Main Article | CPC]
26 Apr 1946
  • USS Missouri departed Piraeus, Greece. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Apr 1946
Admiral Edwards reading the Presidential Unit Citatition aboard submarine Tunny, 26 Apr 1946
28 Apr 1946

China
  • Chinese Nationalist troops launched a new offensive in northeastern China against Chinese communist forces. [CPC]
29 Apr 1946
  • Apogon was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • 28 former Japanese leaders were indicted as war criminals at Tokyo, Japan. [Main Article | CPC]
30 Apr 1946

Japan
  • James Lacey became the first Spitfire fighter pilot to fly over Japan. [Main Article | AC]
Taiwan
  • The Takao Guard District in southern Taiwan was officially disbanded. [Main Article | CPC]
1 May 1946
  • USS Rock was decommissioned from service and was placed into the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Brill began a period of repair at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, US Territory of Hawaii. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan
  • Prince Yasuhiko was interrogated at the office of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Tokyo, Japan. [Main Article | CPC]
2 May 1946
  • Lansdowne was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Bailey was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Benjamin Kelsey was promoted to the rank of major. [Main Article | CPC]
4 May 1946
  • Launched by Mrs. J. Hamilton Stubbs, HMCS Athabaskan was the last Tribal-class destroyer to be completed. Commissioned on 20 Jan 1948 her first commanding officer was Commander J. S. Davis RCN. Athabaskan saw considerable service in the Korean War and remained in Canadian service until Sep 1964, after which she was gradually run down and finally broken up in Italy in Jul 1969. [AC]
Japan Russia
  • N. A. Rozanov stepped down as GUKR SMERSH's chief in the 2nd Byelorussian Front. [CPC]
5 May 1946
  • Dong Zhao was awarded the Order of Victory of Resistance against Aggression. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 May 1946
F4U-4 Corsair aircraft of US Navy squadron VF-75 and SB2C-4E Helldiver aircraft of US Navy squadron VT-75 in flight over USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, western Atlantic Ocean, 5 May 1946Chiang Kaishek on the occasion of the Republic of China government officially returning to the capital of Nanjing, China, 5 May 1946
6 May 1946
  • Thorn was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Viktor Abakumov submitted the names of Sergei Ogoltsov, Nikolai Selivanovsky, Afanasii Blinov, Nikolai Kovalchuk, and Mikhail Svinelupov as candidates to be his deputies at the Soviet Ministry for State Security (MGB). [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
7 May 1946 Russia
  • Vsevolod Merkulov was dismissed as the head of the Soviet Ministry for State Security (MGB) by the Soviet Politburo. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet Politburo named Viktor Abakumov the head of the Soviet Ministry for State Security (MGB). [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Commander Warren Ronald Thompson was named the commanding officer of USS Ticonderoga. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 May 1946
Admiral Mitscher and Commodore Burke aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, 7 May 1946; other officers were Captain Thomas Regan, Vice Admiral Bernhard Bieri, and Lieutenant Commander Remington
8 May 1946

Russia
  • Alexander Novikov was tortured under imprisonment, leading to a forced confession and being sentenced to a labor camp. [Main Article | CPC]
10 May 1946
  • USS IX-300 (former German cruiser Prinz Eugen) departed for Honolulu, Hawaii. [Main Article | CPC]
  • George Brett retired from the US Army at the rank of major general. [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Soviet counterintelligence agency SMERSH merged with the MGB; Viktor Abakumov was made the head of this larger organization. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Segundo completed her overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
11 May 1946

United States
  • USS Pompon was decommissioned from service at New London, Connecticut, United States and placed in the New London Group of the US Atlantic Reserve Fleet. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 May 1946
Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz watching an anti-submarine weapons demonstration aboard destroyer USS Wiltsie in the Atlantic Ocean, 11 May 1946
13 May 1946
  • Adelaide was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 May 1946
General Douglas MacArthur greeting Australian Prime Minister Joseph Chifley at Atsugi Airfield, Japan, 13 May 1946
14 May 1946

United States
  • USS Baya was decommissioned from service at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 May 1946
Mugford at Pearl Harbor while being prepared for use as a target for the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests, 14 May 1946, photo 1 of 2Mugford at Pearl Harbor while being prepared for use as a target for the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests, 14 May 1946, photo 2 of 2
15 May 1946

Dutch East Indies
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Menado, Celebes, Dutch East Indies and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day. [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 May 1946
Mitscher in cockpit on board USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, 15 May 1946
16 May 1946
  • Lardner was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Morotai, Moluccan Islands and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day. [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
18 May 1946

United States
  • USS Gunnel was decommissioned from service at New London, Connecticut, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
19 May 1946

China
  • Chinese Nationalist troops captured Siping, Liaobei Province, China. [CPC]
20 May 1946
  • Natoma Bay was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
21 May 1946
  • Canadian Manhattan Project Louis Slotin accidentally set of a prompt critical reaction when he allowed two beryllium hemispheres to touch with a plutonium core in the center. He realized his mistake immediately and lifted the upper hemisphere with his left hand, averting disaster, but not before he received 2,100 rems of radiation. He was rushed to the hospital. The plutonium core involved in this accident was the same one in the accident with physicist Harry Daghlian in 1945. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Charles J. Badger was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • LST-1 was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Rudolf Hess' attorney Dr. Alfred Seidl visited Soviet prosecutor office in Nürnberg, Germany and spoke with Major General of Justice Nikolai Zorya. [Main Article | CPC]
22 May 1946
  • The secret clauses of the Molotov-Robbentrop Pact was published by newspaper to Soviet dismay. [CPC]
Dutch East Indies Japan
  • Shigeru Yoshida became the 45th Prime Minister and the Demobilization Minister of Japan. [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • G. S. Bolotin-Balyasny stepped down as GUKR SMERSH's chief in the 3rd Byelorussian Front; Colonel Pyotr P. Timofeev stepped down from a similar positions in the 2nd Ukrainian Front. [CPC]
23 May 1946

China
  • Chinese Nationalist troops captured Changchun, Jilin Province, China. [CPC]
Dutch East Indies Germany
  • Soviet Major General of Justice Nikolai Zorya was found killed in his hotel room with a gunshot wound to his head. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 May 1946
Incomplete Unryu-class carrier Ikoma, Shodoshima, Japan, 23 May 1946
24 May 1946

Dutch East Indies
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Makassar, Celebes, Dutch East Indies and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day. [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
25 May 1946
  • Rudolf Höss was handed over to Polish authorities. [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Bali, Dutch East Indies and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day. [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
26 May 1946

Germany
  • Josias became the head of the House of Waldeck and Pyrmont upon the death of his father. [Main Article | CPC]
27 May 1946

Russia
  • I. P. Konovalov stepped down as GUKR SMERSH's chief in the 4th Ukranian Front; A. P. Misyurev, V. P. Rogov, and I. T. Rusak stepped down from a similar position in the 1st Baltic Front, 3rd Byelorussian Front, and Karelian Front, respectively. [CPC]
28 May 1946
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Morotai, Moluccan Islands and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day. [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Cassin Young was decommissioned. [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • I-14 was scuttled 8 miles off Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii. [CPC]
30 May 1946
  • Canadian Manhattan Project Louis Slotin, after receiving a fatal dose of radiation during an accident on 21 May, passed away in a hospital. [Main Article | CPC]
31 May 1946
  • Piranha was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Irwin was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chen Cheng was relieved from his position as the head of the political bureau of the Nationalist military, and was named the Commander-in-Chief of the Chinese Navy and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • I-401 was scuttled by two torpedoes from submarine USS Cabezon off Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii; the torpedoes hit her at 1051 hours and she sank at 1058 hours. [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines
  • USS ABSD-1 was decommissioned from service at Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Menhaden was decommissioned from service at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States. She was placed in the US Navy Pacific Reserve Fleet. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
1 Jun 1946
  • Cumberland was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • During a Soviet High Military Council meeting Joseph Stalin accused Georgy Zhukov of plotting. Zhukov was in turn demoted to head the Odessa Military District. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ivan Konev replaced Georgy Zhukov as the head of Soviet Ground Troops. [Main Article | CPC]
Romania
  • Ion Antonescu was executed in Romania. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Whale was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
2 Jun 1946
  • Louis Slotin was buried in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines
  • Captain C. S. Williams stepped down as the commanding officer of USS ABSD-1. [Main Article | CPC]
3 Jun 1946 Photo(s) dated 3 Jun 1946
USS North Carolina off New York, New York, United States, 3 Jun 1946, photo 1 of 3; photograph taken by an aircraft from Naval Air Station, New YorkUSS North Carolina off New York, New York, United States, 3 Jun 1946, photo 2 of 3; photograph taken by an aircraft from Naval Air Station, New YorkUSS North Carolina off New York, New York, United States, 3 Jun 1946, photo 3 of 3; photograph taken by an aircraft from Naval Air Station, New YorkKim Gu and Bang Eungmo at a memorial ceremony for Korean martyrs, 3 Jun 1946
4 Jun 1946

Pacific Ocean
  • I-400 was scuttled by torpedoes from USS Trumpetfish off Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii. [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • S. F. Kozhevnikov stepped down as GUKR SMERSH's chief in the Leningrad Front. [CPC]
5 Jun 1946

Photo(s) dated 5 Jun 1946
Mugford
6 Jun 1946

China
  • Fearing the United States would scale back aid if he did not comply, Chiang Kaishek accepted George Marshall's request for the Nationalists to halt their so far successful offensive against the Chinese Communists in northeastern China by announcing a 15-day truce. In the mean time, Marshall would naively attempt to engage with the Communists in peace negotiations. [Main Article | CPC]
8 Jun 1946 United States
  • USS Cero was decommissioned from service at New London, Connecticut, United States and was placed in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Jun 1946
Mackenzie King and Jan Smuts during the London Victory Celebrations of 1946, England, United Kingdom,  8 Jun 1946
9 Jun 1946
  • Joseph Stalin issued a secret order to denounce Georgy Zhukov. [Main Article | CPC]
10 Jun 1946
  • Casablanca was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Manta was decommissioned from service and was placed in the Pacific Reserve Fleet. [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US III Amphibious Corps (IIIAC) was redesignated as Marine Forces, China, and greatly down-sized. [AC]
12 Jun 1946
  • Saufley was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Bluefish arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Jun 1946
USS Boarfish and USS Blueback in the drydock at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 12 Jun 1946
13 Jun 1946 Japan
  • Kichisaburo Nomura stepped down as a Privy Councillor. [Main Article | CPC]
14 Jun 1946
15 Jun 1946
  • USS Croaker was decommissioned from service and was placed into the US Navy Atlantic Reserve Fleet. [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Shigeru Yoshida stepped down as the Demobilization Minister. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Mero was decommissioned from service at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States and was assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
16 Jun 1946
  • USS Macabi was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
17 Jun 1946
  • Louisville was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Hundreds of Mexican Baceros farm labourers in the United States went on strike for higher wages. Despite the intervention of the Mexican Consul the strike was broken within a fortnight without any increase in wages or repatriation back to Mexico. [AC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Jun 1946
Montgomery with Viceroy Wavell and Field Marshal Auchinleck at Viceregal Gardens, New Delhi, India, 17 Jun 1946
19 Jun 1946

United States
  • USS Spot was decommissioned from service at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
20 Jun 1946
  • St. Louis was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
22 Jun 1946
  • USS Cod was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • The trial against Arthur Greiser at the Supreme National Tribunal of Poland began. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Sargo was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
23 Jun 1946
  • Sargent Bay was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
24 Jun 1946
  • Nashville was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Joseph Rochefort, not getting the sea command that he wanted, requested retirement. [Main Article | CPC]
26 Jun 1946 China Japan
  • Raizo Tanaka retired from military service. [Main Article | CPC]
27 Jun 1946

United States
  • USS Trepang was decommissioned from service and entered the reserves at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
28 Jun 1946
  • USS Puffer was decommissioned from service, but would be periodically used to train personnel of the US Navy Reserve. [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Hans Fritzsche denied all accusations against him while in court in Nürnberg, Germany. When Roman Rudenko reminded him that he had previously signed a confession, Fritzsche told the court that he had been forced to sign it. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Charles Sweeney, the pilot of Bockscar that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, retired from the United States Army. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Jun 1946
USS Blackfin departing Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 28 Jun 1946, photo 1 of 3USS Blackfin departing Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 28 Jun 1946, photo 2 of 3USS Blackfin departing Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 28 Jun 1946, photo 3 of 3
29 Jun 1946
  • Biscayne was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
30 Jun 1946

United States
  • Henry Arnold retired from active military service. [Main Article | CPC]
1 Jul 1946
  • Operation Crossroads: The United States conducted test 'Able' in the Bikini Islands, which saw an atomic detonation in the air. [CPC]
  • USS IX-300 (former German cruiser Prinz Eugen) was a target ship during the Able atomic test of Operation Crossroads, sustaining light damage. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Steamer Bay was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
China Germany
  • Prosecutors of Allied nations cross-examined witnesses in Nürnberg, Germany regarding the Katyn massacre. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Columbia completed her duties as a training ship for US Naval Reserve personnel. Commander Henry F. Gorski was named her new commanding officer, relieving Captain Bruce B. Adell. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Jul 1946
Independence showing atomic bomb damage off Bikini Islands, 1 Jul 1946, photo 1 of 2Independence showing atomic bomb damage off Bikini Islands, 1 Jul 1946, photo 2 of 2
2 Jul 1946

French Indochina
  • Émile Bertin was relieved of her duty as the French flagship at Indochina. [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Prosecutors of Allied nations cross-examined witnesses in Nürnberg, Germany regarding the Katyn massacre. [Main Article | CPC]
3 Jul 1946
  • Phoenix was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
4 Jul 1946
  • The Philippine Islands were granted independence by the United States, forming the Republic of the Philippines. [CPC]
5 Jul 1946
  • USS Copahee was decommissioned from service at Tacoma, Washington, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
6 Jul 1946
  • USS Tirante was decommissioned from service for the first time. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Shamrock Bay was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
7 Jul 1946
  • The trial against Arthur Greiser at the Supreme National Tribunal of Poland ended. [Main Article | CPC]
8 Jul 1946
  • Baltimore was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
9 Jul 1946

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort's request for retirement was approved by the US Navy. [Main Article | CPC]
11 Jul 1946
  • Escort carrier Makin Island was stricken from the US Naval Register. [Main Article | DS]
12 Jul 1946

Photo(s) dated 12 Jul 1946
Decommissioning ceremony of USS Puffer, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 12 Jul 1946
14 Jul 1946
15 Jul 1946
  • Cotten was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
16 Jul 1946
  • Albert W. Grant was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Augusta was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Jul 1946
President Harry Truman with Vice-Admiral Marc Mitscher, White House, Washington DC, United States, 16 Jul 1946
17 Jul 1946

Yugoslavia
  • Dragoljub Mihailovic was executed by firing squad in Yugoslavia. [Main Article | CPC]
19 Jul 1946
  • New Mexico was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
20 Jul 1946
  • Pogy was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tirante was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
21 Jul 1946
  • Douglas Bader retired from the British Royal Air Force at the rank of group captain. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • A prototype McDonnell FH-1 Phantom naval fighter made the first landing by an American jet aboard an aircraft carrier, the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. [AC]
22 Jul 1946
  • Zionist terrorist Menachem Begin blew up the British headquarters in Palestine. [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Jul 1946
USS Sea Cat off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 22 Jul 1946
23 Jul 1946
  • USS Sargent Bay was placed in reserve. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Polish destroyer Garland was decommissioned from service and was returned to Britain. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Jul 1946
USS Sea Cat at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 23 Jul 1946
25 Jul 1946
  • Operation Crossroads: The United States conducted test 'Baker' in the Bikini Islands, which saw an atomic detonation under the sea. [CPC]
  • USS IX-300 (former German cruiser Prinz Eugen) was a target ship during the Baker atomic test of Operation Crossroads, sustaining damage below the waterline. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Skipjack was sunk during the atomic bomb blast at Bikini Atoll in Operation Crossroads. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 25 Jul 1946
Saratoga sinking after atomic bomb blast, Bikini Atoll, Marshall islands, 25 Jul 1946, photo 1 of 2Saratoga sinking after atomic bomb blast, Bikini Atoll, Marshall islands, 25 Jul 1946, photo 2 of 2
26 Jul 1946

United States
  • USS Sea Cat completed her overhaul work at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Jul 1946
Commander Samuel Bussey at the commissioning ceremony of USS Barbero, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 26 Jul 1948
29 Jul 1946
  • Chinese communist forces attacked an US Marines truck convoy. [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 29 Jul 1946
Émile Bertin at Toulon, France, 29 Jul 1946
31 Jul 1946
  • USS Petrof Bay was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Manila Bay was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Baishiyi Airfield near Chongqing, China closed. [Main Article | CPC]
1 Aug 1946
  • US President Harry Truman signed the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, placing nuclear weapon development in the United States in civilian hands. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Saint Paul arrived at Terminal Island Naval Shipyard near Los Angeles, California, United States for a scheduled overhaul. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Aug 1946
Harry Truman signing the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, White House, Washington DC, United States, 1 Aug 1946
2 Aug 1946
  • General Andrey Vlasov was executed by the Soviets for treason. [TH]
  • Nikolaus von Falkenhorst was sentenced to death; the sentence would later be commuted to an imprisonment term. [Main Article | CPC]
3 Aug 1946

Japan
5 Aug 1946
  • Anzio was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
6 Aug 1946

Photo(s) dated 6 Aug 1946
Three radio-controlled B-17G-90-DL Flying Fortress drone aircraft in flight, probably out of Eglin Field, Florida, United States, 6 Aug 1946
7 Aug 1946
  • HMCS Nootka (R96) was commissioned with Commander H. S. Rayner in command. [AC]
  • USS Cabrilla was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Hoe was decommissioned from service at New London, Connecticut, United States and was placed in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. [Main Article | CPC]
8 Aug 1946
  • The Convair B-36 Peacemaker long-range strategic bomber took flight for the first time. It was the largest aircraft ever to go into service with the USAF. [AC]
9 Aug 1946

Photo(s) dated 9 Aug 1946
Victory Ship SS Waterbury Victory docked at Sand Island, US Territory of Hawaii, 9 Aug 1946; she had just brought back Japanese-American troops from EuropeReturning Japanese-American troops lining up at the rails of Victory Ship SS Waterbury Victory, Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii, 9 Aug 1946US 442nd Regimental Combat Team, consisted of Japanese-Americans, displaying their slogan Hula dancers entertain returning Japanese-American veterans of US 442nd Regimental Combat Team aboard Victory Ship USS Waterbury Victory, Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii, 9 Aug 1946; photo 1 of 7
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12 Aug 1946
  • Harry Truman declared the second Monday of August the Victory Day holiday; today only US state of RI still celebrates it. [TH]
  • USS Sea Cat began a simulated war patrol across the Pacific Ocean from United States to China. [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • He Yingqin was made a member of the committee overseeing the care of Sun Yatsen's tomb in Nanjing, China. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Aug 1946
Puyi at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo, Japan, mid-Aug 1946, photo 1 of 6Puyi at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo, Japan, mid-Aug 1946, photo 2 of 6Puyi at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo, Japan, mid-Aug 1946, photo 4 of 6Puyi at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo, Japan, mid-Aug 1946, photo 5 of 6
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14 Aug 1946
  • Sanborn was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
15 Aug 1946

Japan
16 Aug 1946 Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu of Fushimi away in Tokyo, Japan. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Aug 1946
Amon Göth in captivity, Poland, 16 Aug 1946
17 Aug 1946
  • Darlowo, Poland (formerly Rügenwalde, Germany) began a second round of deportation of its German citizens. By 1949 only about 70 ethnic Germans would remain in the town. [CPC]
20 Aug 1946
  • Joseph Stalin explained that Vsevolod Merkulov's dismissal in May 1946 was due to his dishonesty during the war. [Main Article | CPC]
Ceylon
  • Rohan Amerasekera became the assistant aerodrome officer at the Ratmalana Airport in Ceylon. [Main Article | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
22 Aug 1946 United States
  • Submarine R-5 was sold to the firm John J. Duane of Quincy, Massachusetts, United States for scrap. [Main Article | CPC]
25 Aug 1946
  • The fleet tug HMS Buccaneer was sunk by accident during a gunnery practice [AC]
26 Aug 1946
  • Pensacola was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
27 Aug 1946
  • The trial against Amon Göth at the Supreme National Tribunal of Poland began. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Louis Mountbatten was made Viscount Mountbatten of Burma. [Main Article | CPC]
28 Aug 1946
  • Independence was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Skipjack was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
29 Aug 1946
  • Nevada was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Pennsylvania was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • New York was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ralph Talbot was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Mugford was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
31 Aug 1946
2 Sep 1946
5 Sep 1946
  • The trial against Amon Göth at the Supreme National Tribunal of Poland ended. [Main Article | CPC]
6 Sep 1946
  • Arthur Coningham was awarded Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix of Greece. [Main Article | CPC]
7 Sep 1946

Russia
  • Lieutenant General Pyotr Fedotov was made a deputy in the Soviet Ministry for State Security (MGB) under Viktor Abakumov. [CPC]
8 Sep 1946

United Kingdom
  • About a thousand people converged on Kensington High Street in London, England, United Kingdom intent on taking over empty properties for desperately needed accommodation. In a typically British response the Women's Voluntary Service provided hot drinks to the demonstrators while even the police supplied tea and coffee from Kensington Barracks. The Press were sympathetic too as were much of the public, some of whom actively assisted the squatters by passing food and drink through windows. The police picked up and distributed food parcels and blankets, money, food, chocolate and cigarettes were collected for the families. Student from London University marched throughout the streets in support. After Prime Minister Clement Attlee refused to meet with a delegation a frightened government threaten to employ force to evict the squatters, but the protest eventually ended when it was announced that squatters could lose their rights to a place on the Council Housing queue if they persisted in occupation. [Main Article | AC]
9 Sep 1946

United States
  • USS Boarfish departed California, United States for a tour in the western Pacific. [Main Article | CPC]
11 Sep 1946

France
  • De Grasse was launched at Lorient, France. [Main Article | CPC]
12 Sep 1946

Hawaii
13 Sep 1946
  • Amon Leopold Göth was executed by hanging in Poland. [Main Article | CPC]
16 Sep 1946

Photo(s) dated 16 Sep 1946
USS Charr off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 16 Sep 1946
20 Sep 1946

United States
  • USS Hawkbill was decommissioned from US service at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
26 Sep 1946
27 Sep 1946

United Kingdom
  • The first of the two-seat Hurricane trainer aircraft to be transferred from Britain to Iran departed Langley Airfield in Berkshire, England, United Kingdom. [Main Article | CPC]
28 Sep 1946
  • Danae was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
30 Sep 1946

Photo(s) dated 30 Sep 1946
Nuremberg Trials in progress, Nürnberg, Germany, 30 Sep 1946
1 Oct 1946

Germany
  • At the end of the major war crimes trial in Nürnberg, Germany, 12 were given death sentences, 4 were given prison sentences, and 3 were acquitted. [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Boarfish departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. [Main Article | CPC]
4 Oct 1946

United States
  • USS Charr departed San Francisco, California, United States for a simulated war patrol. [Main Article | CPC]
5 Oct 1946

Russia
  • Hungarian Count István Bethlen passed away in the Butyrka Prison Hospital in Moscow, Russia. [CPC]
6 Oct 1946
12 Oct 1946

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell passed away from stomach cancer at the Presidio of San Francisco military base in San Francisco, California, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
15 Oct 1946
  • Two hours before his scheduled execution, Hermann Göring committed suicide. [Main Article | TH]
16 Oct 1946 Photo(s) dated 16 Oct 1946
The remains of Wilhelm Frick after his execution by hanging, Nuremberg, Germany, 16 Oct 1946The body of Alfred Jodl after being hanged, Nuremberg, Germany, 16 Oct 1946The body of Wilhelm Keitel, 16 Oct 1946The body of Alfred Rosenberg after his execution, Nürnberg, Germany, 16 Oct 1946
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17 Oct 1946

Photo(s) dated 17 Oct 1946
USS Parche at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 17 Oct 1946USS Dentuda, USS Searaven, and USS Tuna in foreground, with USS Parche, USS Bluegill, and USS Hackleback also present, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 17 Oct 1946
18 Oct 1946

China
  • He Yingqin was ordered by Chiang Kaishek to travel to the United States as a member of the Chinese delegation to the United Nations. [Main Article | CPC]
21 Oct 1946

Photo(s) dated 21 Oct 1946
Chiang Kaishek and Song Meiling at an airfield in Taiwan, Republic of China, 21 Oct 1946
22 Oct 1946
  • Commander Glover Freguson was named the commanding officer of USS Saint Paul. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Oct 1946
Incomplete light carrier Ibuki being taken apart at Sasebo, Japan, 22 Oct 1946
23 Oct 1946

Korea
  • The US Army military government in Korea issued the Name Restoration Order, which provided means for Koreans to change their surnames back to their Korean surnames if they or their families had adopted Japanese surnames during the Japanese occupation. [CPC]
24 Oct 1946
25 Oct 1946

Photo(s) dated 25 Oct 1946
Emperor Showa (Hirohito) visiting Ogaki, Gifu, Japan, 25 Oct 1946
29 Oct 1946
  • Submarine Pollack was struck from the US Naval Register. [Main Article | CPC]
31 Oct 1946

Italy
  • Israeli terrorists bombed the British Embassy in Rome, Italy. [AC]
2 Nov 1946
  • Captain Burton Biggs was named the commanding officer of USS Saint Paul. [Main Article | CPC]
3 Nov 1946
  • Yoshio Nishina was awarded the Order of Culture by Emperor Showa. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Nov 1946
Emperor Showa (Hirohito) signing the Constitution of Japan, 3 Nov 1946
4 Nov 1946
  • San Diego was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Lieutenant Commander William J. Pendola was named the commanding officer of USS Ticonderoga. [Main Article | CPC]
5 Nov 1946

Greece
  • Max Merten was released from captivity by the Greek government. [Main Article | CPC]
9 Nov 1946
  • San Juan was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
11 Nov 1946
  • The United States removed all war time price controls. [CPC]
12 Nov 1946
13 Nov 1946

Russia
  • German prisoners of war Georg Jantschi and Karl Kosch were transferred from the special Prisoner of War Camp No. 27 in the suburbs of Moscow, Russia to the Lefortovo Prison in Moscow. [Main Article | CPC]
14 Nov 1946
  • British destroyer was sold to the Royal Netherlands Navy. [Main Article | CPC]
15 Nov 1946
  • USS Boarfish set sail for San Diego, California, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
23 Nov 1946

French Indochina
  • French warships bombarded the port of Haiphong, French Indo-China, forcing the communist Viet Minh to agree to a cease fire. [AC]
25 Nov 1946

China
  • The city government of Beiping, China renamed a road in honor of Zhao Dengyu. [Main Article | CPC]
28 Nov 1946

Photo(s) dated 28 Nov 1946
Cruiser Aoba sunken in shallow water, Kure, Japan, 28 Nov 1946
30 Nov 1946

United States
  • USS Columbia was decommission from service in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
1 Dec 1946

Mexico
  • Miguel Valdes succeeded Manuel Camacho as President of Mexico. [Main Article | AC]
2 Dec 1946

United States
  • USS Wisconsin arrived at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
5 Dec 1946
  • Argus was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
7 Dec 1946

United States
  • The Torrance Municipal Airport in Torrance, California, United States was renamed Zamperini Field in honor of Louis Zamperini. [Main Article | CPC]
9 Dec 1946
  • The Doctors' Trial began in Nuremberg before an United States military court against 20 doctors and 3 Nazi officials who were accused of involvement in human experimentation. Trial ended on 20 Aug 1947; 7 were acquitted, 7 were given death sentences, and 9 were given prison sentences. [Main Article | CPC]
Greece
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller was found guilty of war crimes by a court in Athens, Greece. [Main Article | CPC]
10 Dec 1946
  • USS Sennet began her participation in the Operation Highjump Antarctic expedition. [Main Article | CPC]
11 Dec 1946
  • Searaven was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Parche was decommissioned from service at Mare Island Naval Shipyard at Vallejo, California, United States. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
12 Dec 1946
  • Savo Island was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Marcus Island was decommissioned from service at Boston, Massachusetts, United States and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ju 290 aicraft "Alles Kaput" was scrapped in the United States. [Main Article | CPC]
13 Dec 1946
  • A star shell accidentally struck USS Missouri during an exercise in the North Atlantic, causing no damage nor injuries. [Main Article | CPC]
17 Dec 1946

Photo(s) dated 17 Dec 1946
Stern view of USS Capitaine off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 17 Dec 1946Port view of USS Capitaine off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 17 Dec 1946Bow view of USS Capitaine off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 17 Dec 1946
20 Dec 1946

Japan
  • Radical ethnic Koreans attacked Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan; Yoshida escaped harm. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Dec 1946
Incomplete Unryu-class carrier Aso, Kure, Japan, 20 Dec 1946
23 Dec 1946

Japan
  • Prince Morihiro's daughter Princess Fumiko was born. [Main Article | CPC]
24 Dec 1946

France
  • The French Fourth Republic was found. [CPC]
Russia
  • Polish Brigadier General Leopold Okulick, the former commander-in-chief of the Polish Home Army, died in Butyrka Prison Hospital in Moscow, Russia. [CPC]
25 Dec 1946

Photo(s) dated 25 Dec 1946
Chairman of the Chinese National Assembly Woo Tsin-hang ceremonially delivered a copy of the Constitution of the Republic of China to Chiang Kaishek, 25 Dec 1946
27 Dec 1946

United States
  • Commander Warren Ronald Thompson was named the commanding officer of USS Ticonderoga. [Main Article | CPC]
31 Dec 1946
  • US President Harry Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in WW2. [CPC]
  • Franz von Epp passed away. [Main Article | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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