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17th August 1945

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Events On This Day

In Paris. The death sentence on Marshall Philippe Petain is commuted to life imprisonment, by General Charles de Gaulle, on account of his advanced age.

In London. The government announces a program of social reform, with a national health service at its centre. The War Office states that about 38,000 troops and an estimated 112,000 British civilians are being held by the Japanese as prisoners.

In Argentina The Kriegsmarine U-boat U-977 arrives at Mar del Plata and surrenders, having left Kiel on 13 April 1945 and sunk a Soviet ship in the Arctic.

In the Occupied Dutch East Indies. Nationalists led by Sukarno, with some Japanese support, declare their independence from Holland and colonial rule, as well as the formation of the Provisional Indonesian Republic government. No British forces will arrive to take over from the Japanese for six weeks.

In China. Fighting continues in Manchuria, but the Soviet high command announces that Japanese forces have begun to surrender in several places.

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