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7 May: A momentable day, in more than one way

Ed Kennedy, who breaks the scoop of the war to date---and gets pinked for his trouble. (Photo: Associated Press.)

Ed Kennedy, who breaks the scoop of the war to date—and gets pinked for his trouble. (Photo: Associated Press.)

Very quietly, but most unconditionally, what’s left of the Third Reich following the death of Adolf Hitler surrenders one and all to the Allies, following the relentless, smothering Allied press into the heart of Germany. The rump Fensburg government of Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz—the surprise successor der Fuehrer named in the hours before his death, who knew in his heart that the Third Reich’s days were numbered almost in single digits when he took over—has lasted ten days since Hitler’s suicide.

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6 August: Hiroshima

Col. P.W. Tibbets, Jr. with the Enola Gay. (Wire photo.)

Col. P.W. Tibbets, Jr. with the Enola Gay. (Wire photo.)

The statement from President Harry S. Truman that the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city is heard around the United States and the world. So is Phillips’ simple, direct, short report heard around Europe and much of the world.

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