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In 1944, during World War II, American forces overcame remaining Japanese resistance on Guam.
In 1945, stunned by the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet declaration of war, Emperor Hirohito ordered the Japanese Supreme War Council to surrender. Surrender messages were sent to Sweden and Switzerland and forwarded to the United States, the Soviet Union and the other Allies. Truman said he would halt atomic bomb attacks on Japan. The atomic ceasefire was a bluff because a third bomb could not be assembled for at least two weeks. Planes from American and British carriers raided airfields and rail lines on northern Honshu and sank or damaged 21 ships.
In 1969, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were murdered in their Los Angeles home by members of Charles Manson's cult, one day after actress Sharon Tate and four other people were slain.
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