On this day 75 years ago, an eagerly awaited announcement from President Truman marked the end of the war in the Pacific, the final act of World War 2. While the unconditional surrender would not be signed until September 2nd in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri (and fighting continued until news traveled throughout the Pacific Theater), August 14th is often considered the official VJ Day when the announcement was made. Wide-spread celebrations and cheers went out throughout all of the United States. Here's an original 1945 video marking this special date in history. VJ Day is celebrated on different dates throughout the world. In the UK, it's celebrated on August 15 due to the time difference. VJ Day in other parts of the world is also widely observed as the September 2nd signing date.