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
  • 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


Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Leading Nazi and Reichsf├╝hrer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsf├╝hrer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler