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

Naval commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz

Famous Birthdays

  • Jiri Svoboda, composer (Accumulator 1)
  • Kurt Loder, Entertainment reporter

Famous Deaths

  • Elsie Mitchell and five Sunday school students become the only people to die during World War II on US soil when they are killed by a Japanese fire balloon that lands in the forest of Gearhart Mountain, near Bly, Southern Oregon
  • Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (b. 1926)