World War II ended in Europe on May 8, 1945. The continent breathed a sigh of relief after a monstrous war that had pitted two manic dictators against one another and dragged nearly all of the continent and beyond into the conflagration.The dictator of the Soviet Union, however, was not prepared to accept the date. His country needed to be special and exclusive, and so it was decided on the basis of the fairly spurious reason that when the documents were signed in Germany, it was already past midnight in Moscow, that the USSR would celebrate the end of the war one day later, on ...
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