Canada goofed up the document that ended World War II

Everyone makes mistakes — including Col. Lawrence Cosgrave, the veteran who made a blunder while signing the document that ended the Second World War exactly 75 years ago today.

The Canadian war hero — who was half-blind — accepted the surrender of the Japanese empire on Canada's behalf in 1945, effectively ending a war that cost 75 million people their lives.

The only problem? Cosgrave signed on the line intended for the French.

Fortunately, Cosgrave's error was rectified by U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur's chief of staff, who stepped in to save the situation by crossing out a line, per CBC News.

Unfortunately, the blunder meant that all the other countries that still had to sign the document were forced to do so on the wrong line.


Naturally, Canadians had a lot to say on the unfortunate (but admittedly hilarious) mix-up.

In true stereotypical fashion, multiple Canadians couldn't resist apologizing for the error.

Because there's nothing Canadians hate more than inconveniencing other people.

Although one person pointed out that France could have done Canada a solid by simply switching places with us.

Unfortunately, Cosgrave is often remembered only for his blunder, but the colonel also achieved two Distinguished Service Orders for gallantry in action and a Croix de Guerre.

Plus, Cosgrave got it right when it came to the second copy.

And really, what Canadian can't relate to missing a signature line once or twice?

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