02 September 2009
On this day Japan signed the formal surrender instruments aboard the USS Missouri, bringing WWII to a close. The US Navy maintains a site with images and transcripts here.
President Wilson declared: "This is the day we've been waiting for since Pearl Harbor. This is the day when Fascism finally dies, as we always knew it would." Word of the surrender had come on August 14-15, 1945, but it was not until September 2, that the documents where officially signed. Watch images here.