What Happened in 1945

Significant Events

  • Jan 20 Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn-in for an unprecedented (and never to be repeated) 4th term as US President
  • Jan 27 Russia liberates Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps in Poland
  • Feb 13 Allied planes begin bombing Dresden, Germany; a firestorm results and over 22,000 die
  • Feb 13 USSR captures Budapest, after a 49-day battle with Germany; 159,000 die
  • Feb 19 US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines
  • Feb 23 US Marines raise the flag on Iwo Jima, later a famous photo and Marine Corps War Memorial sculpture
  • Mar 23 Largest operation in WWII's Pacific War, 1,500 US Navy ships bomb the Japanese island of Okinawa
  • Mar 26 Iwo Jima occupied, after 18,000 Japanese & 6,000 Americans killed
  • Apr 10 Allies liberate 1st Nazi concentration camp, Buchenwald (Czech)
  • Apr 25 "Elbe Day" - US and Soviet forces meet at Torgau, Germany on the Elbe River during the invasion of Germany in WWII
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Did You Know?

After delivering the Atomic Bomb across the Pacific, the cruiser USS Indianapolis is torpedoed & sunk by a Japanese submarine

On July 29, 1945


World Leaders in 1945

Famous People in 1945

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 6 Future US President George H. W. Bush marries Barbara Pierce at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye NY
  • Jan 6 US First Lady Barbara Bush (19) weds 41st president George H. W. Bush (20) at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York
  • Jan 29 Actress Gloria Swanson (45) weds William N. Davey
  • Mar 21 Actor Humphrey Bogart (44) marries actress Lauren Bacall (20)
  • Apr 29 Adolf Hitler (56) marries Eva Braun (33) in the F├╝hrerbunker, Berlin

Famous Divorces

  • Dec 21 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn divorce after 5 years of marriage.
  • Dec 25 Actor John Wayne (38) divorces Josephine Saenz (37) after 12 years of marriage
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