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Several square miles of Tokyo were burned to the ground in the U.S. firebomb raid of March 9-10, 1945, and this photograph gives some indication of the extent of the damage to the city.

Several square miles of Tokyo were burned to the ground in the U.S. firebomb raid of March 9-10, 1945, and this photograph gives some indication of the extent of the damage to the city.

1945 VE (Victory in Europe) Day TIMES SQUARE vintage photo Times Tower Toffenetti Restaurant NYC

1945 VE (Victory in Europe) Day TIMES SQUARE vintage photo Times Tower Toffenetti Restaurant NYC

Men of the Royal Scots pose for a photograph with a Japanese flag taken as a souvenir after clearing the Japanese from Payan, near Shwebo, January 1945.

Men of the Royal Scots pose for a photograph with a Japanese flag taken as a souvenir after clearing the Japanese from Payan, near Shwebo, January 1945.

Uniformed Letter Carrier with Child in Mailbag by Smithsonian Institution, After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.

Uniformed Letter Carrier with Child in Mailbag by Smithsonian Institution, After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.

Very rare photo of Nagasaki, seconds after atomic bomb detonation, at ground level.

Very rare photo of Nagasaki, seconds after atomic bomb detonation, at ground level.

This day in 1945 one of the most famous photograph of WWII was taken, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.

This day in 1945 one of the most famous photograph of WWII was taken, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.

May 1942 After defending the island for nearly a month, American and Filipino soldiers surrender to Japanese invasion troops on Corregidor island, Philippines.

May 1942 After defending the island for nearly a month, American and Filipino soldiers surrender to Japanese invasion troops on Corregidor island, Philippines.

A National Guardsman stands at the ready at a Detroit intersection during the summer riots of 1967. Frustration and despair erupted from the sidewalks of northern U.S. cities where blacks saw little change following the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

50 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1967

A National Guardsman stands at the ready at a Detroit intersection during the summer riots of 1967. Frustration and despair erupted from the sidewalks of northern U.S. cities where blacks saw little change following the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

An elderly man sits among the ruins after the Battle of Berlin, May 1945.

An elderly man sits among the ruins after the Battle of Berlin, May 1945.

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