History Tip of the Day – October 9th

Hideki Tojo is captured, September 11, 1945

The former Japanese prime minister hides in plain sight, waiting patiently in his farmhouse on the outskirts of Tokyo for American soldiers to arrest him. But if not for two American journalists who knocked on his front door yesterday, they might still be looking for him. Tojo was only too happy to grant them an exclusive interview. Now, he sees two American army vehicles come to a stop. “I am Tojo!” he yells, and places a pistol to his chest and pulls the trigger. Every element of his suicide plan has been staged to perfection but one: the bullet misses his heart. Hideki Tojo is not dead.