End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • 38th Parallel to divide Korea

    12 August 1945. While drafting General Order No. 1, U.S. officials propose the 38th Parallel as the line to divide future U.S. and Soviet occupation zones in Korea. The Soviets agree. Their attempt to obtain a corresponding northern occupation zone for Japan on the island of Hokkaido is rejected by Washington.

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