Skip to comments.7,500 SKY TROOPS TO LAND IN JAPAN WITH M’ARTHUR; SHIP, PLANE RULES IN FORCE (8/24/45)
Posted on 08/24/2015 4:26:18 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
I see the spot on the map of China depicting “area held by communists.” Looks like a tumor, and a malignant one at that.
August 24th, 1945 (FRIDAY)
UNITED KINGDOM: Repair ship HMS Cape Wrath launched.
Frigate HMS Padstow Bay launched.
U.S.S.R.: The Soviet Union releases 52 American internees.
Pacific Fleet: Submarine “L-19” is lost - mined at Laperouse Strait. (Sergey Anisimov) (69)
INDIA: Frigate INS Sind is commissioned.
JAPAN: Military cadets occupy broadcasting facilities in Kawaguchi, Japan in protest to the Japanese surrender. This is near Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture. General Tanaka goes to the station. He enters and continues to harangues the cadets until they give up.
Late that night, in his office, General Tanaka commits harakiri. He takes the whole responsibility for the destruction by fire of a section of the Imperial Palace. The fire was the result of a USAAF bombing raid. His instructions to the regimental commanders of the Eastern District Army are:
“I am very grateful to all of your regiments for keeping in strict order after the Imperial command to surrender. Now I have fulfilled my duty as Commanding Officer of the District Army. I am determined to lay down my life to beg His Majesty’s awful pardon in place of you and all of your officers and men. I heartily hope that you and all your officers and men will strictly watch yourselves and guard against rashness and be devoted to the peaceful revival of our fatherland.”
Off Japan, the former Japanese Navy transport vessel Ukishima Maru, carrying 4,000 people, mostly Koreans who had been forced labourers in military facilities in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan, being returned home, left Ominato port today.
The 4,730-ton ship exploded and capsized as it neared Maizuru port, around 5:20 p.m. today.
Among the 4,000 people on board, 524 Koreans and 25 Japanese were killed, according to the Japanese government announcement at the time.
It is assumed that the Ukishima Maru struck an American mine. (Gene Hanson)
KURILE ISLANDS: US Eleventh Air Force B-24s try to photograph the Soviet occupation but are impeded by clouds.USNPB4Y-2 Privateers of Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Twenty (VPB-120) based on Attu and VPB-122 based on Shemya photograph Onekotan, Shasukotan and Harumukotan Islands.
CANADA: Tropicalisation refit of HMCS Stone Town cancelled at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
U.S.A.: The last M-24 tank built by the Cadillac Division of the General Motors Corporation rolls off the assembly line. Cadillac is now free to begin building automobiles for the first time since 1942.
Minesweeper USS Murrelet commissioned.
Submarine USS Sarda launched.
The motion picture “Pride of the Marines” is released today. Based on the book by Roger Butterfield, this war drama, directed by Delmar Daves, stars John Garfield, Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark, Rosemary DeCamp and Mark Stevens. The film is based on the real life story of Marine Al Schmid who was blinded while fighting on Guadalcanal. The film is nominated for a writing award.
The top songs on the pop record charts are (1) “If I Loved You” by Perry Como, (2) “I Wish I Knew” by Dick Haymes, (3) “Till The End Of Time” by Perry Como and (4) “You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often” by Tex Ritter. “Till The End Of Time” is ranked Number 2 for the year 1945.
Maestro Arturo Toscanini, the conductor of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, agrees to return to Italy next February to conduct the opening performance at La Scala opera house.
In baseball, the Cleveland Indians’ ace Bob Feller returns from the Navy and attracts a home crowd of 46,477 in Cleveland Stadium, who watch him strike out 12 and yield only four hits in a 42 win over Detroit’s Hal Newhouser. Feller will get nine starts during the remainder of the year, and his five wins will include a one-hitter and two 4-hitters. With the war now over, fans are clamouring for entertainment and it is clear Feller is still baseball’s number one ticket seller.
Was it that difficult to get that lower case "c" in there?
I think it was to save a little space in the headline. Notice they don’t do it in the body of the story.
The Indians had their spring training in Winter Haven, FL in the 90s, and every year he was with the team at their spring training games, still autographing for anyone who wanted one, and there was always a crowd or autograph hounds around him.
Perhaps because his name wasn't McArthur.
It was MacArthur.
When counting headlines, the 'M' was already a two count. the ' ' ' added a half count the 'A' is 1.5. So M'A totals a count of 4. 'MACA' has a count of 6.5. So the headline would have to be completely re-written to fit in the additional space.
If you note, the headlines there are all caps. If they were upper and lower, my guess is that their stylebook would have spelled it out.
I’m sure there was some sort of editorial shorthand convention that allowed them to save space in a headline.
” The last M-24 tank built by the Cadillac Division of the General Motors Corporation rolls off the assembly line. Cadillac is now free to begin building automobiles for the first time since 1942.”
We always called Cadillacs “tanks” when I was a kid.
Incidentally, the fire at Sagami Depot that occurred yesterday, was about ten miles north of Atsugi.
7,500 Sky Troops.
Now, THAT IS SHOCK AND AWE
Thank-you for that link to the occupation video.
Off Topic Alert
The Subheadline of the left column story on the front page notes that work on the 2nd Avenue Subway is being pressed. They still have not finished the 2nd Avenue line.
As per Wiki: The Second Avenue Subway (officially the IND Second Avenue Line; abbreviated to SAS) is a long-envisioned rapid transit subway line, part of the New York City Subway system. Since 2007, Phase I, a new line between the existing BMT 63rd Street Line and 96th Street and Second Avenue, has been under construction beneath Second Avenue in the New York City borough of Manhattan. This first phase is scheduled to be opened on December 30, 2016, and will serve approximately 200,000 daily riders when opened. When the whole line is completed, it is projected to serve about 560,000 daily riders. By August 2015, the first phase of construction was more than 84% complete.
The line was originally proposed in 1919 as part of a massive expansion of the Independent Subway System (IND). Work on the line never commenced, as the Great Depression crushed the economy of the state and country. In anticipation of the never-built Second Avenue Subway, the Second and Third Avenue elevated lines were demolished in 1942 and 1955, respectively, and the Lexington Avenue subway, the only remaining rapid transit line on much of Manhattan’s east side, is by far the busiest subway line in the United States with as estimated 1.3 million daily riders. Other plans for the Second Avenue Subway appeared for many years following; construction on small parts of the line started in the 1970s, but was never completed.
It is going to cost $17 billion to finish.
Interesting site. It aint over till its over? which is April 28, 1952?
The logical demands of the surrender were formidable. So many different ceremonies took place across Asia and the entire Pacific. Here we will some that preceded peacefully and others that refused the peace. In actuality, the state of war between the U.S. and Japan did not officially end until the Treaty of San Francisco took effect 28 April, 1952.
Long but interesting. Surrender or Cease Resistance.
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