Japan’s new emperor speaks of ‘deep remorse’ in 1st speech marking WWII | AFP

Japan’s new emperor speaks of “deep remorse” over the country’s wartime past, in his first speech to commemorate the end of World War II since his enthronement in May.

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Today in History for August 15th

Highlights of this day in history: Allies mark VJ-Day as World War II effectively ends; Woodstock begins; France’s Napoleon Bonaparte born; India gains independence; Blast hits Omagh, N. Ireland; ‘The Wizard of Oz’ premieres in Hollywood. (Aug. 15)

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Today in History for August 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Truman announces Japan’s surrender in World War II; Blackout hits Northeast U.S., Canada; FDR signs Social Security; British troops arrive in N. Ireland; A strike in Cold War Poland; Steve Martin born. (Aug. 14)

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Today in History for August 12th

Highlights of this day in history: Last U.S. combat troops leave Vietnam; Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. killed in World War II; N.J. Gov. McGreevey to resign after declaring he’s gay; Russian sub Kursk explodes; Director Cecil B. DeMille born. (Aug. 12)

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Today in History for August 8th

Highlights of this day in history: President Richard Nixon says he’ll resign; Thieves stage Britain’s ‘Great Train Robbery’; Nazi saboteurs in the U.S. executed during World War II; Mexico’s Emiliano Zapata and actor Dustin Hoffman born. (Aug. 8)

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Today in History for August 6th

Highlights of this day in history: The United States drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II; LBJ signs the Voting Rights Act; Pope Paul VI dies; Scientist Alexander Fleming born; Funk singer Rick James dies. (Aug. 6)

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Team to attempt round-the-world flight in Spitfire | AFP

Steve Brooks is one of two pilots taking part in an attempt to fly around the world in a reconditioned World War II aeroplane. The IWC Silver Spitfire takes off from Goodwood in Britain on Monday 5 August 2019, with Brooks saying the famous plane represents freedom.

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Takei: Border separations are ‘horror and infamy’

Star George Takei, who was held in a Japanese internment camp in the United States during World War II, discusses the current political climate in America and family separations at the border. (July 19)

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