Victory over Japan officially took place with the acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration on Aug. 15, 1945, but because of the time difference, Aug. 14 was the day it was announced in the United States.
In Great Britain, the day is commemorated on Aug. 15. In the United States, the day marked by President Harry Truman is Sept. 2—the date of the official surrender.
It was a day of huge celebration in 1945, but in 2013, it's as much a day of reflection. As many as 80 million people lost their lives in the war.
Some other things happening Wednesday, Aug, 14, in and around Batavia ...
(1) It's a busy day getting ready for falls sports at Rotolo Middle School, including ... seventh-grade volleyball tryouts from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., eighth-grade volleyball tryouts from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and football practice, 3:15-5:30 p.m.
(2) From 6 to 7:30 p.m., the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center will host a workshop: Managing Late Term Treatment Related Side Effects, presented by Heather Augustyniak, MSN, NP-C. Please call LivingWell at 630-262-1111 to register.
(3) Kane County's Development Transportation Committee meets at 9 a.m., the
County Development Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. and the Regional Planning Commission meets at 7:15 p.m.