Japanese resistance on Okinawa was finally crushed this day in 1945, less than three months after U.S. troops had landed there—their last stepping-stone before the assault on Japan’s main islands in World War II.
More Events on this day:
1982: John Hinckley, Jr., was ruled to be innocent by reason of insanity in the shooting of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
1963: Paul VI was elected pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
1919: Italian American architect Paolo Soleri was born in Turin, Italy.
1870: The Tianjin Massacre—a violent outbreak of Chinese xenophobic sentiment toward Westerners—erupted.
Source: Encyclopædia Britannica Online Daily