21 Aug 1945
  • US President Harry Truman canceled all contracts under the Lend-Lease Act. ww2dbase [Harry Truman | CPC]
  • The first major Japanese surrender ceremony in China took place at the Zhijiang Airfield in Zhijiang County, Hunan Province at 1600 hours. ww2dbase [Japan's Surrender | Hunan | CPC]
  • Xiao Yisu accepted the Japanese surrender at Zhijiang, Hunan Province, China, and for the following two weeks prepared for the main surrender to be taken place in the capital of Nanjing. ww2dbase [Xiao Yisu | Zhijiang, Hunan | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • The interim Japanese administration of Palopo in southern Sulawesi, Indonesia announced the formation of the new republic. ww2dbase [Palopo, South Sulawesi | CPC]
French Indochina
  • A coalition consisted of Cao Dai, Trotskyists, Hoa Hao, and Vanguard Youth personnel formed the National United Front and launched a demonstration in Cochinchina, French Indochina. ww2dbase [Cochinchina | CPC]
  • USS Missouri dispatched a 200-men party to USS Iowa for temporary duty with the initial occupation force for Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Missouri | Tokyo | CPC]
  • Malay-Chinese ethnic tensions broke out into violence near Batu Pahat, Johor, British Malaya. ww2dbase [Johor | CPC]
  • The Oka Prisoners of War Camp in northern Taiwan was closed. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • At Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States, American physicist Harry Daghlian, Jr. of the Manhattan Project accidentally dropped a tungsten carbide brick onto a plutonium bomb core and received a fatal dose of 510 rems of radiation. ww2dbase [Harry Daghlian | Los Alamos, New Mexico | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Aug 1945
Lieutenant General Xiao Yisu speaking with the local Japanese surrender delegation, Zhijiang, Hunan Province, China, 21 Aug 1945, photo 1 of 2Wang Yaowu, Lu Han, Zhang Fakui, He Yingqin, Tang Enbo, Du Yuming, Xiao Yisu, and an unidentified high ranking US Army officer after the surrender ceremony in Zhijiang, Hunan Province, China, 21 Aug 1945Lieutenant General Xiao Yisu speaking with the local Japanese surrender delegation, Zhijiang, Hunan Province, China, 21 Aug 1945, photo 2 of 2

21 Aug 1945 Interactive Map

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

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