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'Massive relief' in Harford after Japan's surrender ended World War II 70 years ago

'Massive relief' in Harford after Japan's surrender ended World War II 70 years ago

Seventy years ago Friday, Harford County residents erupted in celebration when they heard the Japan had surrendered to the Allies, bringing the United States' nearly four-year involvement in World War II to an end. The surrender was announced Tuesday, Aug. 14, 1945, and Harford residents heard the news at 7 p.m. that day, according to the Aug. 17, 1945, edition of The Aegis. The newspaper reported "a spontaneous and hilarious outburst swept over Harford as overjoyed people expressed a letdown in tension by blowing horns, ringing bells, cheering, singing and driving aimlessly up and down the road." The reports continued, "There was a unanimous feeling that a period...

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