What Happened on May 23, 1945

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • British military police arrest Admiral Karl Doenitz
  • German island of Helgoland in North Sea surrenders to British
  • Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi leader & Gestapo leader, commits suicide in prison at 44
  • Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) arrested at Danish boundary

Famous Birthdays

  • Elliott Bernerd, English broker/multi-millionaire
  • Lauren Chapin, actress (Kathy-Father Knows Best)
  • Misty Morgan, country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard)
  • Padmarajan, Indian film director (d. 1991)

Famous Deaths

  • Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi leader (head of the SS), commits suicide while in Allied custody at 44