What Happened on January 17, 1945

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation
  • Gilbert Dodds, record miler (4:05.3), retires to do gospel work
  • Soviet army enters the devastated city of Warsaw and clears the German resistance
  • Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, arrested by Soviet secret police in Hungary

Famous Birthdays

  • Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter
  • William Hart, US singer (4 Gents, Delfonics-I'm Sorry)