Address: Margarethenkloster 5, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia 50667
Phone: 0221 16420
Height: 516 feet (Architectural)
Architectural style: Gothic architecture
Photos of Cologne Cathedral. From top-left going clockwise: bird’s-eye view facing west, side view facing northwest, bird’s-eye view facing northeast with the Rhine in the background, and the chancel of the cathedral.
Also on this day,
1040 | A tragedy of Shakespearean proportions in Scotland
Scotland’s king, Duncan I, is slain as he leads an expedition into his rival’s land. That rival is also his cousin, Macbeth, and when Duncan dies Macbeth takes the throne. Centuries later, this will inspire an English writer to pen an exaggerated tale, and those battling Scots will not be forgotten.1945 | Truman announces Japan’s unconditional surrender
President Harry Truman announces Japan’s acceptance of Allied surrender terms, and celebrations erupt across the US and around the world, including in Manhattan’s Times Square where a photographer captures one very pucker-happy sailor and a nurse clad all in white.1975 | Frank N. Furter and friends hit the silver screen
A low-budget homage to the kitschy charms of B-grade sci-fi and horror movies premieres in London, and will have its US debut a month later, but it won’t make much of a splash either critically or commercially at first. Nevertheless, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show won’t remain obscure for long, becoming a cult classic and midnight-movie mainstay.
Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945: Japanese representatives on board USS Missouri (BB-63) during the surrender ceremonies. Standing in front are: Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu (wearing top hat) and General Yoshijiro Umezu, Chief of the Army General Staff. Behind them are three representatives each of the Foreign Ministry, the Army and the Navy. They include, in middle row, left to right: Major General Yatsuji Nagai, Army; Katsuo Okazaki, Foreign Ministry; Rear Admiral Tadatoshi Tomioka, Navy; Toshikazu Kase, Foreign Ministry, and Lieutenant General Suichi Miyakazi, Army. In the back row, left to right (not all are visible): Rear Admiral Ichiro Yokoyama, Navy; Saburo Ota, Foreign Ministry; Katsuo Shiba, Navy, and Kaziyi Sugita, Army. (Identities those in second and third rows are from an annotated photograph in Naval Historical Center files.)