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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (13th August 1945)
French troops move into their allotted occupation zone
With no official notice of surrender from Tokyo, Truman orders all operations against Japan, includng B-29 attacks, to resume. Officials of the Manhattan Project report they expect to have seven more atomic bombs ready for use against Japan by 31 October, and that they will be suitable for tactical support of ground operations
With the Army and Navy opposed, the Japanese Cabinet fails to unanimously agree to proceed with the surrender ordered by the emperor
US aircraft drop millions of leaflets with the Potsdam Declaration and a call to follow the path of reason or face utter devastation
Japanese vessel Kaiho Maru is sunk by USN submarine Torsk off Honshu
IJN Coast Defense Vessel No. 6 is sunk by USN submarine Atule off Hokkaido
A Soviet reconaissance detachment lands at Chongjin against strong resistance
The 25th Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front is advancing toward Lotzokou
5th Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front is advancing toward Mutanchiang despite Japanese counterattacks
1st Red Banner Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front captures Linkou, but is heavily engaged against determined Japanese resistance and counterattacks around Hualin
35th Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front captures Tungan
2nd Red Banner Army of Soviet 2nd Far Eastern Front is attacking around Shenwutan, Sunwu, and Chiko
36th Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front attacking against strong Japanese resistance in the Grand Khingan Mountains around Pokotu
39th Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front captures Solun
6th Guards Tank Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front captures Tuchuan, but becomes halted due to lack of fuel
Chinese puppet Emperor Pu Yi, fleeing the Soviet advance, reaches Dalizikou by train
The Mongolian People's Republic declares war on Japan
Today's Air Raids...
Singapore a fighter sweep by US FEAF
Luzon on Japanese pockets by US FEAF
Japan on targets throughout Kyushu and nearby waters
Tokyo by USN aircraft, claiming over 250 Japanese aircraft destroyed
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Quality Missus Time
The milk run
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
We may think the ideal is to be without them but I am now convinced that conscious beings NEED some kind of present threat to maximize wellbeing - not zero stress but optimum stress! We actually become ill without some form of ongoing challenge. This acquired knowledge is a significant relief - I'm no longer chasing after something I not only can never get but would be bad for me anyway.
From the view of Higher Consciousness, it is consequently impossible to get bored with this character! It will have something to do right to the last breath. I've come a long way from the many times I simply did not want to play anymore.
I note with some interest that this character unlike many others has never been allowed to fail. There's always been someone to pick me up, a reason to carry on or just enough blessing to keep me going. Circumstances outside the character itself sustained it.
All this now puts me in the ideal state of being devoid of arrogance yet full of gratitude and self-esteem, and a peace of mind that stems not from the absence of threats but understanding what I am. One day, I may become broken again, but meanwhile I am profoundly grateful for every day I am not!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you curious to know what you really are?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy for most of the day
Rain arrives in the evening and will persist thereafter, becoming increasingly heavy
A moderate easterly or south-easterly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 17 degC at 1pm
Min Temp = 11 degC at 7am
Sunrise at 05:41
Sunset at 20:41
Weathertrack: A depression over France will track north over Britain and will bring rain, often heavy, to all parts by midnight
Air Pressure: 1022 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
This is Grandad's voicemail. Leave me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as my grandson shows me how to work this thing :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Electric eels and electric rays generate enough electricity to kill a horse
9. ZEN WISDOM
Happiness is not something far away. It is to be found neither in fame nor in popularity. When you live with integrity, your hearts begin to fill with a happiness as vast as the universe. It’s about being true to yourself and starting from where you are.