Calendar and Summary for September 1945  
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  Summary of Significant Events for September 1945  
  Japan signed the official surrender, accepted by General Douglas MacArthur, aboard the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) in Tokyo Bay.  Nationalist President Ho Chi Minh declared the independence of the Viet Nam Republic from French rule.  Japanese forces on Luzon, Philippine Islands surrendered.  Singapore was liberated from Japanese occupation.  Shanghai, China, was liberated from Japanese occupation.  Former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo attempted to commit suicide when American troops arrived at his house to arrest him as a war criminal.  Japanese commanders signed capitulation terms in Nanking to representatives of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.  The Japanese in Korea surrendered.  Operation Magic Carpet, the return of American forces to the United States, began in the Pacific Theater.  Vidkun Quisling was convicted of high treason by a Norwegian court and was sentenced to death.  Japanese forces at Rangoon, Burma surrendered.  The Japanese garrison in Hong Kong surrendered.  William Joyce, "Lord Haw-Haw," was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey, London, England.  The Labour government in Great Britain announced that it would begin negotiations on Indian autonomy.  British and Dutch forces landed on Batavia to disarm Japanese forces in the East Indies and repatriate these troops back to Japan.  
  Events occurring in September 1945 with no specific dates  
  The Atomic Bombs  
  The shutdown of the Y-12 electromagnetic plant at Oak Ridge, Tennessee began.
  Learn more about the American Atomic Bombs Program  

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