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August 14

Word of the Day, This Day in History, Number to Know, Website of the Day, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

Word of the Day

arrant \ AR-unt \ adjective; Thoroughgoing; downright; out-and-out; confirmed; extreme; notorious. —

This Day in History

Aug. 14, 1945: Japan accepts the Allied terms of surrender, effectively ending World War II. The formal signing of surrender documents will take place on Sept. 2, 1945, aboard the American battleship USS Missouri moored in Tokyo Bay.

Number to Know

1: The battleship USS West Virginia was the only ship present at both the ceremony of Japanese surrender and the Pearl Harbor attack of Dec. 7, 1941.

Website of the Day: The Unromantic Truth Behind the VJ Day Kiss Photo

It’s one of the most-famous photographs in history, a ebullient sailor planting a kiss on a nurse in celebration of the Japanese surrender. Here’s how it happened.

Today’s Featured Birthday

Steve Martin, American actor, comedian, musician, author and screenwriter, 69.

Daily Quote

“Chaos in the midst of chaos isn’t funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.” — Steve Martin