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Aug. 14, 1945: Alfred Fehr jubilantly hawks the news outside of the Los Angeles Times building. The 25-year Times "newsboy" said VJ Day was his biggest day ever. This photo was published in the Aug. 15, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowds in downtown Los Angeles celebrating the surrender of Japan that ended World War II. Crowd at 7th Street and Broadway. Pfc. Edward Aguilar carries a parcel, supported to his right by Lucy Caldera and on his left by Josie Garcia. This photo was published in the Aug. 15, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harmon D. Toy / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Buddy Phalps, a sailor, hoisted SPAR Joann Pagagni to his shoulders as pandemonium reigned in Los Angeles. Service personnel were prominent in the celebration of VJ Day. This photo was published in the Aug. 15, 1945, Los Angeles Times. SPARS were members of the Women's Reserve of the Coast Guard started in 1942.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harmon D. Toy / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Betty Bronstein holding the Los Angeles Times Peace Extra edition and her daughter Berna Marilyn Vee Bronstein, first reported baby born in Los Angeles on VJ Day. This photo was published in the Aug. 15, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowd at 7th Street and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles celebrating surrender of Japan, ending World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harmon D. Toy / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowds in downtown Los Angeles celebrating surrender of Japan, ending World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowds at Broadway at 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles celebrating surrender of Japan, ending World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 15, 1945: Policeman George Campbell inspects a broken window at 561 S. Main St. the morning after VJ Day celebrations in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowds in downtown Los Angeles celebrating surrender of Japan, ending World War II. Car in front of Grand Central Public Market on Broadway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler with first copy of special edition announcing end of World War II. This photo was published in the Aug. 15, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowds in downtown Los Angeles celebrating surrender of Japan, ending World War II. Bob Paquin and Margie Friess dance a Victory Polka at 5th Street and Broadway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Impromptu parade quickly formed at 4th Street and Broadway. Traffic was paralyzed for hours, confetti, scraps of every sort swirled down on celebrants. This photo was published in the Aug. 15, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowd on Hollywood Boulevard looking east toward Vine Street from corner of Cosmos celebrates end of World War II. This photo was published in the Aug. 15, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Trash burned in Hollywood during celebration of surrender of Japan to end World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowd in Hollywood celebrating VJ Day on top of fire engine with remains of burned trash.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Firemen, finding a fire set in street, arrive on scene of near riot on Vine Street in Hollywood during celebration of surrender of Japan to end World War II. Firemen were greeted by mixed cheers, jeers and whistles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Celebration of surrender of Japan to end World War II. Streetcar conductor appears to be clearing wires during celebrations in Hollywood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowds at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood celebrating surrender of Japan, ending World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowds at Hollywood and Vine celebrating surrender of Japan, ending World War II. Police officers begin to untangle traffic. This photo was published in the Aug. 15, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hal Moulin / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowds in downtown Los Angeles celebrating surrender of Japan, ending World War II. Donna Kinnard kisses her Navy officer husband, but his name was not obtained. This photo was published in the Aug. 15, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowds in downtown Los Angeles celebrating surrender of Japan, ending World War II. Airline employees at 6th and Olive streets rushed out of their offices and formed a serpentine line. This photo was published in the Aug. 15, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowds in downtown Los Angeles celebrating surrender of Japan, ending World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Scene at 6th and Main looking north in downtown Los Angeles during celebration of surrender of Japan, ending World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: A soldier and sailor put on civilian ties after news of Japanese Surrender on VJ Day. No names given.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Dina Carra, foreground, in prayer giving thanks after news of Japanese surrender on VJ Day. Her husband and brother have seen service in World War II. This photo was published in the Aug. 15, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Celebration of surrender of Japan to end World War II in Hollywood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Sailors in back of "VJ" car in downtown Los Angeles celebrating surrender of Japan, ending World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 14, 1945: Crowds in downtown Los Angeles celebrating surrender of Japan, ending World War II. From left is daughter Lilliam Vasquez, 16, wife Romilia Vasquez and Pfc Portfirio Vasquez, wearer of purple heart, with copy of Los Angeles Times. This photo was published in the Aug. 15, 1945, Los Angeles Times. Vasquez was wounded in Czechoslovakia on April 18, 1945.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

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On Aug. 14, 1945, news of Japan’s surrender swept the nation – and Los Angeles celebrated.

A United Press story on Page One of the Aug. 15, 1945, Los Angeles Times reported:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14. (U.P.)–Japan surrendered unconditionally tonight, bringing peace to the world after the bloodiest conflict mankind has known.

Peace came at 7 p.m. ( 4 p.m. P.W.T.) when President Truman announced that Tokyo accepted the Allied capitulation terms with no “qualification” and that Allied forces have been ordered to cease firing.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur, “the man who came back,” was named supreme Allied commander to receive the formal Japanese surrender.

VJ-Day will not be proclaimed officially until after the instruments of surrender are signed–probably in two or three days.

And tonight for the first time in history Emperor Hirohito broadcast to his stricken people telling them that he accepted the Allied terms, describing the “cruel bomb” which the Allies had turned upon the (Japanese) homeland and warning the people they face “great hardships and suffering.”

World War II was at an end, except for the formality of signing surrender documents.

America’s three allies in the Pacific war–Great Britain, Russia and China–will be represented at the signing by high ranking officers. …

The initial announcement of Japan’s surrender was made on the afternoon of Aug. 15, 1945 – Japan time. But in the United States it was still Aug. 14th. To add to the confusion, the United States celebrates Victory over Japan Day on Sept. 2 – the day formal surrender ceremonies in Tokyo Bay occurred aboard the USS Missouri.

Regardless, Los Angeles partied on Aug. 14, 1945.

Many of the images in the above gallery were scanned from original 4 by 5 inch negatives.

For more, check out this related From the Archives post: Victory in Europe.

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