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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (9th August 1945)
General Dempsey is appointed to command British 14th Army in southeast Asia
US targeting officers recommend that a third atomic bomb, not yet built, should be dropped near Tokyo
Sukarno, Hatta, and other Japanese-sponsored nationalist leaders from Netherlands East Indies arrive in Saigon for consultations with Field Marshal Terauchi regarding independence
USN Task Group 95.1 and USN Task Unit 12.5.6 bombard the Japanese garrison
Rabaul, New Britain...
USMC aircraft conduct a final attack
US FEAF attack Laha
US FEAF aircraft attack isolated Japanese pockets
At ten minutes after midnight, Soviet Trans-Baikal Front, 1st Far Eastern Front, and 2nd Far Eastern Front, supported by strong air forces, attack the Japanese-controlled territories of Manchukuo, Inner Mongolia, and Korea
25th Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front attacks around Tungning, Hsingen, Paitoshantzu, and Tumentzu
5th Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front opens an assault against the Japanese Volynsk fortified area and Suifeno fortified area
1st Red Banner Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front attacks and crosses the Shitou Ho River
35th Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front assaults across Ussuri River and Sungacha River, captures Maly Huankang, and pushes toward Tachiao
5th Separate Rifle Corps of Soviet 2nd Far Eastern Front attacks across the Ussuri River around Jaoho
15th Army of Soviet 2nd Far Eastern Front begins assaulting across the Amur River, supported by the Amur River Flotilla, and captures Fuyuan
36th Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front begins attacking around Hailar
39th Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front bypasses Japanese fortified area around Halung-Arshaan
6th Guards Tank Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front advances over 90 miles toward Grand Khingan Mountains
17th Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front advances to Lake Tanbun-Nur
Japanese General Yamata informs puppet Emperor Pu Yi that the Soviets have declared war, but the Kwantung Army is well-prepared and confident of victory
US 14th Air Force attacks targets around Puchi, Sinsiang, Changsha, Yoyang, and elsewhere with fighters and bombers
Soviet warships conduct minelaying operations along the coast of Sakhalin Island
Soviet aircraft begin two days of attacks against Unggi and Najin in preparation for amphibious landings, and sink a Coast Defence vessel
Off the coast, US FEAF sinks eight cargo ships and a sub-chaser
Sea of Okhotsk...
Two Japanese vessels are sunk by Soviet aircraft
USN Hawkbill bombards Japanese positions
USN aircraft with RN support launch massive attacks on the mainland and offshore, claiming over 250 Japanese aircraft destroyed, and numerous civillian and IJN vessels
US FEAF aircraft attack targets throughout Kyushu and Shikoku
USN Task Unit 34.8.1 with battleships, crusers, and two RN light cruisers bombards Kamaishi on Honshu
Offshore, IJN escort vessel Ikara is sunk by a mine
US 20th Air Force B-29 bomber nicknamed Bock's Car diverts from primary target, Kokura, due to cloud cover, and drops the second atomic bomb, nicknamed Fat Man, on Nagasaki. Approximately 40,000 people are killed immediately
During the day, the Japanese Supreme War Leadership Council discusses the possibility of surrender and what conditions to demand. Unable to agree, they refer to the emperor.
After an imperial conference overnight, emperor Hirohito announces his decision that Japan must now surrender unconditionally
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
Client prep and other planning
Twitter Followers = 1,979 (up 2)
Non-followed eliminated = 0
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 1
Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
My other self-triumph has been on re-grounding when my attention has drifted into dark scenarios, simply acknowledging I'm in the wrong place, relaxing, and letting letting energy rebalance itself. I can now do this quite quickly and efficiently.
These little twin victories are a confidence boost and of course inform my work with clients. Although having no mentor other than myself makes learning slower, once I've "got it" it's firmly ingrained and permanent.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Can you see yourself developing?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Sunny in the morning
Cloudier thereafter but remaining dry
A moderate south-westerly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 19 degC at 5pm
Min Temp = 16 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 05:34
Sunset at 20:50
Weathertrack: A weak occluded front crossing Britain will bear little rain as it runs into a ridge of high pressure
Air Pressure: 1019 millibars and falling slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
At work today we carried out random drug testing to see which worked best :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
George Carlin on pretentious language
Early Roman women were forbidden to drink wine, and a husband who found his wife drinking was at liberty to kill her. Divorce on the same grounds was last recorded in Rome in 194 B.C.
9. ZEN WISDOM
When you devote yourself to achieving your goal, you will not be bothered by shallow criticism. Nothing important can be accomplished if you allow yourself to be swayed by some trifling matter, always looking over your shoulder and wondering what others are saying or thinking. The key to achievement is to move forward along your chosen path with firm determination.