The Press: False Armistice II

The nation's newspapers had been warned: V-E day will be official only when it is announced jointly by the Big Three. Yet many of them, on Saturday, April' 28, broke out their blackest type. The Chicago Times took up its entire front page to say: VICTORY EXTRA. GERMANY QUITS. The Knoxville Journal spread one. word ten inches deep:

SURRENDER.

Their authority for this was a bulletin which the Associated Press (but no other press association) carried:

BULLETIN

SURRENDER

SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 28 (AP) GERMANY HAS SURRENDERED TO THE ALLIED GOVERNMENTS UNCONDITIONALLY, AND ANNOUNCEMENT IS EXPECTED...