September 27, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: V-E Day & V-J Day

V-E Day celebrates the Allied World War II victory in Europe and V-J Day the victory over Japan. V-E Day image set V-J Day image set V-E Day historical newspaper coverage V-J Day historical newspaper coverage Legislation A concurrent resolution to pay tribute to the American Veterans of World War II on the 40th anniversary of V-E Day H.Con.Res.141, 99th Congress (1985-1986) Recognizing the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day during World War II H.Res.233, 109th … [Read more...]

Today in History: Japan

Today in History–July 29–the Library of Congress features the country of Japan. On this date in 1858, the United States and Japan signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce (the Harris Treaty), which helped establish diplomatic ties between the two countries. Find out more about early U.S.-Japanese relations and Townsend Harris, the man who negotiated the treaty, by visiting the Today in History section. Then, follow the links below to access more resources and primary sources related to this … [Read more...]

Today in History: Air Raid on Pearl Harbor

Today in History–December 7–the Library of Congress features the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor, which occurred on this day in 1941. A hurried Navy dispatch sent out the news: AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NOT DRILL. More than 2,300 Americans were killed, 160 aircraft were destroyed, and 12 ships sank. The next day the United States declared war on Japan. Learn more about this fateful day in U.S. history by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access … [Read more...]

Today in History: Defeat on Okinawa

Today in History–June 21–the Library of Congress features the U.S. defeat of Japanese troops on Okinawa Island on this day in 1945. One of the longest and bloodiest battles of World War II, the battle for Okinawa claimed somewhere around 12,000 American and 110,000 Japanese lives. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access images and oral histories and more resources related to the Battle of Okinawa and World War II. Okinawa image … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cherry Blossoms

Today in History–March 27–the Library of Congress features Washington D.C.'s cherry trees. On this day in 1912 two Yoshino cherry trees were planted on the northern bank of the Potomac River Tidal Basin by First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, the Japanese ambassador's wife, to celebrate the Japanese government's gift of 3,000 trees to the United States (the Japanese gave 3,800 more trees in 1965). In addition to the Tidal Basin, trees were planted near the site of the … [Read more...]