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20th August 1945

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Events On This Day

In London. Ernest Bevin, the British foreign secretary, condemns Soviet policy in eastern Europe as one kind of totalitarianism replaced by another.

In Norway. In Oslo, the trial of Vidkun Quisling begins. The former ruler of German occupied Norway proclaimed his innocence after listening to a 14 page indictment accusing him of high treason, murder and theft of royal property. The prosecution produced evidence, from captured national social documents, that Quisling had been in contact with the national social leadership before the war.

In Poland. Anti-Semitic riots break out in Cracow.

In China. Communist and Nationalist troops clash in the north. In Manchuria, the Soviet forces occupies Mukden and Harbin. An American volunteer team rescues a number of high ranking Allied prisoners of war by parachuting into Mukden, in Manchuria, shortly before the arrival of Soviet ground forces. Among the prisoners of war are Lieutenant General . Jonathan Wainwright, who led the American last stand on Corregidor in the Philippines in 1942, Lieutenant General Arthur Percival, commander of the Singapore garrison at its surrender in 1942, and the governor general of the Dutch East Indies, Mr. van Starkenborch Stachouwer.

In Japan. The Japanese delegation meeting Allied representatives in Manila, returns with the Allied dispositions for the occupation and for the signature of the surrender.

In the United States of America. The War Production Board removes most of its controls over manufacturing activity. These and many other measures help the United States economy to convert quickly to a peacetime basis. The American economy is actually stronger and more productive now, than before the war, and the standard of living, unlike that of any of the other major participants in the war, has actually increased.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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