Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

A small boat rescues sailors from the USS 'West Virginia' after she had suffered a hit in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Tennessee (BB-43) is inboard of the sunken battleship. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Today is V-day. That stands for Victory Day. No, this has nothing to do with sports or winning teams. It’s about August 14, 1945. It’s the day World War II ended. You should know a little something about it. Whether you paid attention to your 8th grade history teacher or whether you like to watch the History Channel, you should know a bit about the biggest war in our world’s history.

We all know Japan dragged America into the war with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the U.S. ended the war by dropping two nuclear bombs on Japan. In between, Adolph Hitler and Germany put fear into the world by committing the most unspeakable war crimes imaginable.

That alone, is why you should know something about World War II. So today we will have WWII trivia on Wiki-Pete-ia on the Shemon and Sheppard Show on ESPN Southwest Florida. We play Wiki-Pete-ia everyday at 4:45ish for prizes. Just be lucky caller number 9 at 239-337-ESPN or 239-337-3776 and play. If you are not lucky enough to be caller number 9, then impress your friends and family by playing at work or at home as we have provided the questions and answers below.
Good luck!

Craig Shemon
ESPN Southwest Florida

  • 1. WHO WAS PRESIDENT WHEN THE U.S. ENTERED WWII?

    FDR

    Franklin D. Roosevelt takes the Oath of Office as President of the United States in January 20, 1933 in Washington D.C. (Photo by National Archive/Getty Images)

    A: FDR

  • 2. WHO WAS PRESIDENT WHEN WWII ENDED?

    Truman Bridge

    Traffic crossing a new treadway bridge built by U.S. Army Engineers over the Elbe river in Germany, 18th April 1945. The bridge has been named after new American President Harry S. Truman. (Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    A: HARRY TRUMAN

     

  • 3. NAME THE TWO CITIES THE U.S DROPPED NUCLEAR BOMBS ON?

    Hiroshima

    6th August 1945: This aerial view of Hiroshima after the dropping of the first atomic bomb shows the total destruction and devastation caused. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

    A: HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI

     

  • 4. NAME THE CONFERENCE WHERE THE U.S. DEMANDED JAPAN SURRENDER?

    Potsdam

    1945: The first formal meeting of the Potsdam Conference, at the Palace of Kaiser Wilhelm. Representatives of the USA, USSR and Great Britain, with their staff and interpreters, are seated round the table. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

    A: POTSDAM

     

  • 5. NAME THE U.S. GENERAL WHO ACCEPTED JAPAN'S SURRENDER?

    MacArthur

    circa 1943: American General Douglas MacArthur (1880 – 1964), President Franklin Roosevelt (1882 – 1945), and Admiral William Leahy (1875 – 1959) at a briefing given by Admiral Chester Nimitz (1885 – 1966) at a map of the Pacific war zone. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)

    A: DOUGLAS MACARTHUR

     

  • 6. ON WHICH U.S. SHIP WERE THE SURRENDER DOCS SIGNED?

    USS MISSOURI

    General MacArthur (1880 – 1964), signs the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, 2nd September 1945. Amongst those standing behind are Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainright and the British Lieutenant General A E Percival who had surrendered to the Japanese at Bataan and Singapore respectively. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    A: USS MISSOURI

     

  • 7. NAME THE RESEARCH PROJECT THAT DEVELOPED THE ATOMIC BOMB?

    MANNHATTAN PROJECT

    The front page of the Daily Express reporting the discovery during the Manhattan Project that atomic power could be harnessed to meet energy needs. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

    A: MANNHATTAN PROJECT

     

  • 8. NAME THE B-29 BOMBER THAT DROPPED THE BOMB ON HIROSHIMA?

    ENOLA GAY

    The Boeing B-29 Superfortress ‘Enola Gay’, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima during World War II, stands on the runway at Tinian in the Mariana Islands following the raid, August 1945. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    A: ENOLA GAY

     

  • 9. NAME THE JAPANESE EMPEROR AT THE ED OF WWII?

    HIROHITO

    7th September 1945: President Harry S Truman (1884 – 1972), holding up the official Japanese document of surrender with Emperor Hirohito’s signature at a White House meeting. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

    A: HIROHITO

     

  • 10. NAME THE ONLY STATE THAT OFFICIALLY CELEBRATES V-DAY AND HAS SINCE 1948?

    RHODE ISLAND

    United States Navy Vought OS2U Kingfisher catapult-launched reconnaissance floatplane aircraft from Scouting Squadron VS – 2DI flying in echelon formation on a training flight circa May 1941 over Quonset Point, Rhode Island, United States. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

    A: RHODE ISLAND

     

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