Today In History- July 17

Today In History- July 17


At Potsdam, President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, begin their final summit of the war.

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Potsdam Conference site of final summit of World War Two.

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Just months following the German surrender in Berlin in 1945, President Harry Truman, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin meet at Potsdam to conduct the final summit of World War Two.  The leaders met to discuss the future of occupied Germany, and how the Allies would address post-war order and economic recovery.  The Nazi government had surrendered just nine weeks earlier, marking V-E Day, or victory in Europe day.  The conference lasted until early August, and ended just days before the infamous Hiroshima bombing of Japan.

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