Today in History: Japan Surrenders, Georgians Gather on Peachtree Street

In 1888, Atlanta officials required that every incoming passenger train be inspected by a doctor due to a yellow fever epidemic in Jacksonville, Florida.

August 14, 1888

Because of a , many residents of that area fled by train to Atlanta. Fear that that the epidemic would spread to Atlanta led city officials to require that every incoming passenger train be inspected by a doctor, according to the Georgia Historical Society and University of Georgia.

August 14, 1945

President Harry S Truman announced the surrender of Japan, ending World War II. Across the Georgia, residents took to the streets to celebrate. In downtown Atlanta, thousands of civilians and servicemen gathered on Peachtree Street to celebrate, according to Georgia Tech.

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