1945 : Jackson, Michigan Celebrates End of World War II

August 14, 2018 all-day

It started off as a quiet Tuesday evening. Within four minutes, Jackson spontaneously came together for its largest celebration — a party that lasted all night long.

At 6:04 p.m. Aug. 14, 1945, the teletype machine at the Jackson Citizen Patriot punched out the news: Japan surrenders! At the same time, the message hit the airwaves.

By 6:10, cars were blasting their horns at W. Michigan Avenue and Jackson Street. The air-raid sirens atop Fire Station No. 1 on Cortland Street were set off next.

For the complete article with a picture, see Susanne Weible, “Jackson rejoiced loud and long as soon as World War II ended”, Jackson City Patriot, September 15, 2008.

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