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VE Day crowd. Large crowds gathered in London, UK, on 8 May 1945 to celebrate the end of hostilities in Europe during the Second World War. The war had started nearly six years earlier on 1 September 1939. The German surrender occurred on 7 and 8 May, and in London more than a million people filled the streets of Whitehall and the Mall. The event was known as Victory in Europe Day (VE Day). The war ended with the surrender of Japan on 2 September 1945.
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