TREATIES: Peace

In his dark grey 1951 Cadillac with the 16-petal imperial chrysanthemum crest upon it, Emperor Hirohito made an official call on Supreme Allied Commander Matthew B. Ridgway. It was the 14th courtesy call of the conquered on the conqueror, and the last. Soon after, Ridgway returned the visit, then went home to prepare for his new assignment in Europe.

Thus, ten years, four months, 21 days after the commander of Patrol Wing Two at Ford Island broadcast: "Air raid, Pearl Harbor! This is no drill," the war between the U.S. and Japan came to an official end. Japan promptly started...

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