Today marks the 64th anniversary of the official end to World War II. On August 15th, 1945 (August 14th in North America), six days after the United States did the unthinkable and became the first and only country to ever detonate a nuclear weapon against another enemy, the Japanese officially surrendered. The above photograph was taken in Times Square as crowds gathered to celebrate what became affectionately known as Victory Over Japan Day.

Photo by Dick DeMarsico/New York World-Telegram