August 15, 1945 ~ Setting of the Rising Sun

 

At noon Japan Standard Time on August 15, 1945, Japanese Emperor Hirohito spoke to his people via radio for the first time.

Never before had the common people of Japan heard the voice of their Emperor.
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August 12-21, 1944 ~ The Battle to close the Falaise Pocket

The Third U.S. Army under the command of LTG George S. Patton has been steaming across France since being unleashed on August 1st.

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August 12, 1900 ~ The Boxer Rebellion and the Carolina Parson

Francis Dunlap Gamewell of Camden, SC lived a storied life, including serving as a missionary in China and as one of the acclaimed “Fighting Parsons” at the Siege of the Legations during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900.

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August 9, 1944 ~ Happy Birthday Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear the cuddly, yet firm, human-like bear who has educated generations of Americans about their role in preventing wildfires with his proclamation that , “Only you can prevent forest fires,” was unveiled to the world on August 9, 1944.

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