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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (14th August 1945)
China and the Soviet Union sign a treaty in which Moscow agrees not to support Chinese communist forces
Intervening personally in the deadlock in his government, Emperor Hirohito summons senior Japanese officers to his palace and orders them to accept surrender without further delay or conditions. He then convenes the Cabinet and senior officials and orders them likewise. The Japanese Cabinet formally votes to accept surrender to the Allies and approves the wording of Hirohito's 'Imperial Rescript Ending the War', which the emperor duly signs, and records it onto disc as a speech.
The Japanese government notifies Allied governments that it accepts the Potsdam Declaration and the US letter of 11 August regarding surrender and end of the war. Senior Army leaders sign a declaration: The Army will act in accordance with the Imperial Decision to the last
Junior Army officers, possibly with the collusion of some senior officers, forge orders to the Imperial Guards Division, which occupies the imperial palace overnight and the mutinous junior officers attempt to find and destroy the emperor's sound recording scheduled for broadcast in the morning. The recording is not found, and General Tanaka regains control of the Imperial Guards Division. The junior officers leading the coup commit suicide.
Offshore, two Japanese vessels are sunk by mines
President Truman is informed of the Japanese decision to surrender
Sea Of Japan...
Two IJN Coast Defence vessels are sunk by USN submarine Torsk
East China Sea...
IJN submarine I-373 is sunk by USN submarine Spikefish
25th Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front reaches Unggi and Najin
Soviet amphibious landing at Chongjin meet strong resistance and Japanese counterattacks threaten to eliminate the beachhead
Offshore, Japanese vessel Kashima Maru is sunk by a mine
25th Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front captures Hunchun and advances toward Lotzokou, Wangching, and the Taipingling Pass
1st Red Banner Army and 5th Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front is assaulting Mutanchiang
35th Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front is advancing toward Poli
5th Separate Rifle Corps of Soviet 2nd Far Eastern Front captures Paoching
15th Army of Soviet 2nd Far Eastern Front is attacking toward Chiamussu
2nd Red Banner Army of Soviet 2nd Far Eastern Front is attacking Japanese fortifications
36th Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front is attacking against strong Japanese resistance in the Grand Khingan Mountains around Pokotu
Japanese forces are counterattacking 39th Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front around Solun
6th Guards Tank Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front captures Taonan
17th Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front captures Tapanshang
A detachment of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front captures Dolonnor
Japanese air units dispatched from central and southern China begin deploying at airfields around Peking for operations against Soviet forces
Today's Air Raids...
Japan on targets on Kyushu and offshore shipping by US FEAF
Japan on Hikari, Osaka, Marifu and Nagoya, Isesaki, Kumagaya, Tsuchizaki and offshore minelaying by US 20th Air Force - the last dogfights of the war take place
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 1 of the Weekend Job
TV Comedy night
Twitter Followers = 1,981 (down 1)
Non-followed eliminated = 0
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
However, there is no guarantee that this heightened awareness will continue to grow. Trauma or dementia may snuff it out, and ultimately this particular node of consciousness will cease anyway. This makes its temporary purpose very clear - to pass on what I have learned - to put it out there for others to take up.
Were it to end today, it would still have been an immense joy to have had the experience of awakening, to have loved and been loved, had sex, laughed seen beautiful places and things, felt peace of mind, and he truly awesome experience of feeling the consciousness of the universe itself. Even the gratitude that results has been a wonderful thing to experience in itself.
I will continue to enjoy every moment that I am aware. If I can eventually achieve perpetual intuitive consciousness, that will be a wonderful cherry atop the cake.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you clear in your own mind what you're here for?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Rain throughout, heavy at times
A moderate north-westerly will swing slowly westerly
Max Temp = 15 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 13 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 05:43
Sunset at 20:39
Moon: New Moon
Weathertrack: A depression over Britain tracking northward will bring rain, often heavy, to all parts
Air Pressure: 1005 millibars and rising slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Buddhists don't get constipation - they just sit, relax and let it all go :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The Graham Norton Show: Keira Knightley's sex faces
Camels do not store water in their humps. When they need to, they keep most of the water in their bodies from turning into urine. Consequently, camel urine is twice as salty as seawater. When they do urinate, they urinate all over their legs, which helps them keep cool. As soon as they find water, they drink up to 25 gallons within 10 minutes.
9. ZEN WISDOM
It is not about how others are. The most important thing is to ask yourself, “What shall I do now?”