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Rebs Victorious at Second Bull Run

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Cleopatra Commits Suicide
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Occupation Of Japan Begins

General Douglas MacArthur

Three days after the first American troops landed on the soil of their former enemy, Allied Occupation Forces under the command of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur arrived in Japan on this date in 1945. The Occupation began two weeks after VJ Day, but three days before the official surrender ceremony. It continued until 1952, when the official peace treaty, negotiated in that year, went into effect.

The Occupation, and MacArthur's social and industrial policies, are generally credited with laying the groundwork for the industrial powerhouse into which Japan evolved.

Hot Line Established With Kremlin

On this day in 1963, the aptly-named "Hot Line" was established between Washington, DC and the Kremlin in the old Soviet Union.

Marshall Becomes First Black Justice

Thurgood Marshall, former NAACP lawyer and Solicitor General of the U.S., was confirmed as an Associate Justice to the U. S. Supreme Court on August 30, 1967, becoming the first black person to serve on that body.

Appointed by President Johnson, Marshall served at the liberal end of the Court until his death in 1993.

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