Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London.
Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.
The Soviet blockade that prompted the Berlin airlift was ended.
An estimated 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan Provinces in western China and as many as 68,000 people were killed.
The 2012 World Expo began in Yeosu, South Korea.