It was 18 minutes past nine o’clock on the Tokyo Bay morning of Sept. 2, 1945, when 55-yearold Canadian Col. Lawrence Moore Cosgrave leaned forward and signed Japan’s copy of the Article of Surrender that officially ended the war between Japan and the Western Allies.
Unfortunately, possibly overwhelmed by the historic event unfolding on the decks of the U.S. battleship Missouri, Cosgrave signed in the wrong place.
He had signed on the line clearly marked The Republic of France and one line below the space entitled The Dominion of Canada.
Read more of the article at A moment Canadians would prefer to forget.
Story by Jim Hume – Times Colonist; Photo from Wikimedia