17 Oct 1945
  • Cachalot was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A coup d'etat put Colonel Juan Peron at the helm of Argentina. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Darlowo, Poland (formerly Rügenwalde, Germany) began deporting its German citizens. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The British military turned over control of Burma to Governor Reginald Dorman-Smith's civilian government. ww2dbase [CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Socialist Sutan Sjahrir was made the head of the acting Indonesian legislative body. Fellow socialist Amir Sjarifuddin was made the chief of President Sukarno's cabinet. Both of them were leaders of resistance groups during the Japanese occupation. ww2dbase [CPC]
French Indochina
  • Allied Supreme Commander in Cambodia Lieutenant Colonel E. D. Murray ordered Japanese troops in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to disarm the nationalist militia Green Shirts. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Prince Sisowath Monireth was named the Prime Minister of Cambodia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh sent a telegram to US President Harry Truman, asking for US support for Democratic Republic of Vietnam's petition for a seat at the United Nations Advisory Commission for the Far East. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Miklós Horthy met with Thomas Dodd in Nürnberg, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Malay Nationalist Party was formed in Ipoh in the state of Perak by Ahmad Boestamam, Dahari Ali, Mokhtaruddin Lasso, Musa Ahmad, Rashid Maidin, Abdullah C. D., and others. Some of the founders were communists. Boestamam would soon lead a radical youth wing, API, of the party. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 30 US warships disembarked 12,000 troops and 2,000 officers of Chinese 70th Army at Kirun (Keelung), Taiwan amidst a cheering crowd. The Taiwanese civilians were surprised to see the poor condition of the Chinese soldiers, wearing patchworked uniforms and straw sandals. The Chinese Army had indeed purposely dispatched its poorest equipped and poorest trained unit to liberate this remote province, while the best units were busy being ordered to advance to northern China to counter the communist threat. The Chinese troops rested only slightly before being ordered to advance on the capital of Taihoku (Taipei). ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • USS Enterprise entered the Hudson River in New York, New York, United States in preparation of the Navy Day holiday celebrations. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS New Mexico arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Norris Bradbury succeeded Robert Oppenheimer as the director of the Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States facility of the Manhattan Project. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Oct 1945
Plate 9-1, Annex C, of Takeo KuritaUSS Enterprise being pushed by tug boats, New York, New York, United States, 17 Oct 1945USS New Mexico, Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, United States, 17 Oct 1945, photo 2 of 2USS New Mexico, Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, United States, 17 Oct 1945, photo 1 of 2
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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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