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World War II: Victory over Japan Day

Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) celebrates the surrender of Japan, the last Axis power to yield, and the subsequent end of WWII. Though Japan's surrender was announced on August 15th, the terms were not signed until September 2nd. One of the most famous images depicting the jubilation of V-J Day was shot in Times Square, NY, when Alfred Eisenstaedt, photographing for Life magazine, captured the moment a sailor embraced a nurse and kissed her. Who were the subjects of this iconic photo?



Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple began her illustrious acting career at age 3, and went on to star in more than 40 films over the next decade. The consummate professional, even at age 5, Temple always went to work with her lines memorized and dance steps prepared. She teamed with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in many of her 1930s films; but because he was African-American, scenes in which the 2 held hands were edited out in many Southern US cities. Temple remains the youngest performer to have received what honor?

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Leon Theremin

In 1919, in the midst of the Russian Civil War, Theremin invented the musical instrument that bears his name. The theremin is an electronic device that resonates sound when its operator waves his hands near its two antennas. It was the 1st musical instrument designed to be played without being touched. Theremin also worked on an early burglar alarm and devised the first covert listening device using passive electromagnetic induction to transmit a signal. What was his role in KGB espionage?

Last updated on Wednesday, 15th August 2007

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