8 Aug 1945
  • At 2300 hours, the Soviet Union tore up the non-aggression treaty with Japan and declared war; the invasion would begin 61 minutes later at the start of the following day. ww2dbase [Manchurian Strategic Offensive | CPC]
  • US President Harry Truman signed the United Nations Charter, making the US the third nation to join the new organization. ww2dbase [Harry Truman | TH]
  • US President Truman threatened Japan with further nuclear devastation during a radio address. ww2dbase [Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki | CPC]
  • Manhattan Project scientist Dr. Harold Jacobsen predicted Hiroshima's devastated centre would remain dead, "not unlike our conception of the moon", for 70 years. ww2dbase [Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki | AC]
Hawaii Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Blenny reported sinking 11 small Japanese craft with the deck gun in the South China Sea off Malaya. ww2dbase [Blenny | South China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Whale made rendezvous with USS Dragonet in the Pacific Ocean and received a rescued pilot. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
Russia
  • US Ambassador to the Soviet Union W. Averell Harriman reported to US President Harry Truman that Joseph Stalin would like to see Chinese recognition of the Soviet puppet state of Mongolia as an independent nation, and that its borders would be the present day borders of the Mongolia Area of China. ww2dbase [Averell Harriman | Moscow | CPC]
Taiwan
  • US B-24 bombers based in the Philippine Islands struck Shinchiku Airfield (now Hsinchu), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Shinchiku Airfield | Shinchiku | CPC]
United Kingdom Photo(s) dated 8 Aug 1945
Survivors of USS Indianapolis brought to Guam, Mariana Islands via hospital ship Tranquility, 8 Aug 1945Hospital ship Tranquillity arrived at Guam with survivors of Indianapolis, 8 Aug 1945, photo 1 of 3; destroyer escort Steele in foregroundHospital ship Tranquillity arrived at Guam with survivors of Indianapolis, 8 Aug 1945, photo 2 of 3Hospital ship Tranquillity arrived at Guam with survivors of Indianapolis, 8 Aug 1945, photo 3 of 3
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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