- Colditz Castle, the high-security prisoner of war camp in Germany, is liberated by American troops.
- German troops in Groningen surrender
Red Army begins Battle of Berlin
- US troops enter Nuremberg, Germany
- US troops land on He Shima, Okinawa
- Goran Antunac, Yugoslavia, International Chess Master (1975)
- Stefan Grossman, country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie), born in NYC, New York
- Tom Allen, American politician