Category Archives: On This Day

In 1945 On This Day In History: V-J Day

In 1945 On This Day In History: V-J Day

On this day in history in 1945, V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day, the day Japan surrendered in World War II effectively ending the war. Because of the two different time zones, the announcement was made on August 14 while it was afternoon on August 15 in Japan. The timeline that led to the… Continue Reading

1782: Washington Created the Purple Heart

1782: Washington Created the Purple Heart

In 1782, on August 7, commander in chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington created the “Badge for Military Merit.” It was a rather simple looking award consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of cloth with the word MERIT stitched across it. The soldier who would be awarded for ‘meritorious action’ would be able to… Continue Reading

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