Just thought you'd be interested in seeing the headlines from August 14, 1945, as the New York Times announced:
Japan Surrenders, End of War!
Washington, Aug. 14 -- Japan today unconditionally surrendered the hemispheric empire taken by force and held almost intact for more than two years against the rising power of the United States and its Allies in the Pacific war....http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0814.html#article
Those genealogy buffs among us who love finding out about our past also have a deep seated interest in history. When in doubt about the times our ancestors lived, spend some time looking at old newspapers. Not only is it fun, it's educational!