What Happened on May 5, 1945

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Mauthausen Concentration camp in Austria liberated by US forces from 41st Reconnaissance Squadron.
  • Netherlands & Denmark liberated from Nazi control
  • Premier Gerbrandy on Radio Orange tells Dutch they are liberated
  • Uprising against occupying SS troops in Prague

Event of interestEvent of Interest

World War II: Admiral Karl Dönitz, leader of Germany after Hitler's death, orders all U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to their bases.

Admiral and Navy Commander Karl Dönitz
Admiral and Navy Commander
Karl Dönitz

Famous Birthdays

  • Jiri Svoboda, composer (Accumulator 1)
  • Kurt Loder, Entertainment reporter
  • Raphael, Spain, spanish singer (When the Sun Sets, Lo Meyur de Ano)

Famous Deaths

  • Elsie Mitchell and five Sunday school students become the only people to die due to world war two on the main land of the United States when they are killed by a Japanese fire balloon that landed in the forest of Gearhart Mountain, near Bly, Southern Oregon
  • Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (b. 1926)