What Happened in 1945 (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 660

  • Apr 21 Allied troops occupy German nuclear laboratory
  • Apr 21 He Shima Okinawa conquered in 5 days, 5,000 die
  • Apr 21 Ivor Novello's "Perchance to Dream" premieres in London
  • Apr 21 Russian army arrives at outskirts of Berlin
  • Apr 21 US 7th Army reaches Nuremberg
  • Apr 22 Concentration Camp at Sachsenhausen liberated
  • Apr 22 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 23 Concentration camp Flossenburg liberated
  • Apr 23 US troops in Italy cross river Po
  • Apr 24 Albert B "Happy" Chandler is named 2nd baseball commissioner
  • Apr 24 Delegates of 46 countries gather in SF (to discuss UN)
  • Apr 25 45 countries convene UN Conference on Intl Organization in SF
  • Apr 25 Allied air raid on Surabaja, Java
  • Apr 25 British troops reach Grebbe line Neth
  • Apr 25 Clandestine Radio 1212, used to hoax Nazi Germany's final transmission
  • Apr 25 Last Boeing B-17 attack against Nazi Germany
  • Apr 25 "Elbe Day" - US and Soviet forces meet at Torgau, Germany on the Elbe River during the invasion of Germany in WWII
  • Apr 26 Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason
  • Apr 26 World War II: Battle of Bautzen - last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht.
  • Apr 27 2nd Republic of Austria forms

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Apr 27 Italian partisans capture Benito Mussolini at Dongo (Lake Como)

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Apr 27 US 5th army enters Genoa
  • Apr 27 World War II: The Völkischer Beobachter, the newspaper of the Nazi Party, ceases publication.
  • Apr 28 British commandos attack Elbe & occupy Lauenburg
  • Apr 28 US 5th army reaches Swiss border
  • Apr 29 First food drop by RAF above Nazi-occupied Holland (operation Manna)
  • Apr 29 Japanese army evacuates Rangoon
  • Apr 29 Terms of surrender of German armies in Italy signed
  • Apr 29 US Army liberates 31,601 in Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany
  • Apr 29 Venice & Mestre were captured by the Allies
  • Apr 30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" begins a 27 year run on CBS radio
  • Apr 30 Concentration camp Munchen-Allag freed
  • Apr 30 Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) calls for crusade against the Bolsheviks
  • Apr 30 Red Army occupies Demmin
  • Apr 30 Red Army opens attack on German Reichstag building in Berlin
  • Apr 30 Russian Army frees Ravensbruck concentration camp
  • Apr 30 US troops attack the Elbe
  • May 1 About 1,000 citizens of Demmin in Germany, commit suicide provoked by occupation by Soviet Red Army
  • May 1 Admiral Karl Doenitz forms German government
  • May 1 Australian & Dutch troops land on Tarakan
  • May 1 General Belgian Labor Union (ABVV) party forms
  • May 1 Radio Budapest, Hungary re-enters shortwave broadcasting after WW II
  • May 1 Seys-Inquart flees to Flensburg
  • May 1 Soviet army reaches Rostock
  • May 2 Allies occupy Wismar, Northern Germany
  • May 2 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina & Princess Juliana reach Gilze-Rijen
  • May 2 German Army in Italy surrenders
  • May 2 WWII: Battle of Berlin ends as Soviet army takes Berlin and General Weidling surrenders
  • May 2 Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste
  • May 3 1st Polish armour brigade occupies Wilhelmshafen
  • May 3 Allies arrests German nuclear physics Werner Heisenberg
  • May 3 British troop join in Rangoon
  • May 3 WWII: German ship "Cap Arcona" laden with prisoners sunk by Royal Air Force in East Sea, 5,800 killed - one of largest maritime losses of life
  • May 4 German troops in Netherlands, Denmark & Norway surrender
  • May 5 Mauthausen Concentration camp in Austria liberated by US forces from 41st Reconnaissance Squadron.
  • May 5 Netherlands & Denmark liberated from Nazi control
  • May 5 Uprising against occupying SS troops in Prague
  • May 5 Premier Gerbrandy on Radio Orange tells Dutch they are liberated

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May 5 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
  • May 6 Gen J Blaskowitz surrenders German troops in Netherlands
  • May 6 World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops (first was on December 11, 1941).
  • May 7 Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League
  • May 7 WWII: British troops enter Utrecht, Netherlands
  • May 7 WWII: Unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims
  • May 7 Princess Irene Brigade moves into the Hague Neth
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Hersey (Bell for Adano)
  • May 7 SS open fire on crowd in Amsterdam, killing 22
  • May 8 Canadian troops move into Amsterdam
  • May 8 Chinese counter attack at Tsjangte, supports by 14th air fleet
  • May 8 German General Von Keitel formally surrenders to Marshal Georgy Zhukov and the Soviets in Berlin
  • May 8 V-E Day; WWII ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender
  • May 9 Czechoslovakia liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day)
  • May 9 Nazi propagandist Max Blokzijl arrested
  • May 9 New balata ball used in baseball, 50% livilier
  • May 9 Norwegian nazi collaborators Vidkun Quisling arrested
  • May 9 Victory celebration at Red Square
  • May 9 World War II: Partisans liberate Ljubljana.

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May 9 World War II: Hermann Goering is captured by the United States Army.

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • May 9 World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day
  • May 9 World War II: The Channel Islands are formally liberated by the British.
  • May 10 Allies capture Rangoon from the Japanese
  • May 10 Russian troops occupied Prague
  • May 11 US Marines conquer Awatsha Draw, Okinawa
  • May 13 US troops conquer Dakeshi Okinawa
  • May 14 Kamikaze Zero strikes US aircraft carrier Enterprise
  • May 14 US offensive on Okinawa, Sugar Loaf conquered

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May 14 Physician Joseph Hamilton injects misdiagnosed cancer patient Albert Stevens (CAL-1) with 131 kBq (3.55 µCi) of plutonium without his knowledge or informed consent. Stevens lived another 20 years, surviving the highest known accumulated radiation dose in any human

Human Medical Subject Albert Stevens
Human Medical Subject
Albert Stevens
Physician Joseph Gilbert Hamilton
Joseph Gilbert Hamilton
  • May 15 World War II: The final skirmish in Europe is fought near Prevalje, Slovenia.
  • May 16 Violent battles around Sugar Loaf/Half Moon, Okinawa
  • May 17 2 US P-47 Thunderbolts bomb Kiushu
  • May 18 Tigers & A's both have 7 straight games postponed due to rain
  • May 19 Start of the 1st Victory Test Cricket between England & Aust Services
  • May 20 Keith Miller scores 105 in the 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's
  • May 21 Australian Services win 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's by 6 wickets
  • May 21 Nazi SS-Reichsfuehrer Heinrich Himmler captured
  • May 22 6th US Marine division reaches suburbs of Naha Okinawa
  • May 22 NSB-Fuhrer Rost van Tonningen makes failed suicide attempt
  • May 23 British military police arrest Admiral Karl Doenitz
  • May 23 German island of Helgoland in North Sea surrenders to British

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 790

  • May 18 Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, cricketer (brilliant Indian leggie 1964-79)
  • May 18 John Richard Patterson, businessman
  • May 18 Maarten van Traa, Dutch MP (PvdA)

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May 19 Peter Townshend, Englisg rock guitarist, vocalist and composer (The Who-Tommy), born in London, England

  • May 20 Harold E Ford, (Rep-D-TN, 1975- )
  • May 20 Lord Hollick, CEO (MAI)
  • May 20 Nikolai Nikolayevich Fefelov, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • May 20 Wally Herger, (Rep-R-California)
  • May 20 Vladimiro Montesinos, Peruvian politician
  • May 21 Ernst Willi Messerschmid, Reutlingen Germany, astronaut (STS 22)
  • May 23 Elliott Bernerd, English broker/multi-millionaire
  • May 23 Lauren Chapin, actress (Kathy-Father Knows Best)
  • May 23 Misty Morgan, country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard)
  • May 23 Padmarajan, Indian film director (d. 1991)
  • May 24 Priscilla Presley, American actress (Jenna-Dallas, Naked Gun), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 24 Richard Ottaway, British politician (C), born in Sonning, Berkshire
  • May 24 Steven Norris, British MP
  • May 25 Dave Lee Travis [David Griffin], British DJ and presenter (Top of the Pops], convicted of indecent assault, born in Buxton, Derbyshire
  • May 26 Garry Peterson, rocker (Guess Who)
  • May 27 Bruce Cockburn, Ottawa Canada, folk rock vocalist (Waterwalker)
  • May 28 Gary Stewart, Latcher County Ky, country singer (She's Actin' Single)
  • May 28 John Fogerty, American rocker (Creedence Clearwater Revival), born in Berkeley, California
  • May 28 Hunter "Patch" Adams, American doctor
  • May 28 John N. Bambacus, American politician
  • May 29 Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, Minister of State (Scotland)
  • May 29 Martin Pipe, horse trainer
  • May 29 Gary Brooker, rock keyboardist (Procol Harum)
  • May 30 Meredith MacRae, actress (Petticoat Junction, My 3 Sons), born in Houston, Texas
  • May 30 Steve Smith, American singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 30 Norman Eshley, English actor
  • May 31 Linda Davies, British Judge
  • May 31 Bernard Goldberg‎, American journalist
  • Jun 1 Linda Scott, singer (Hey Look at Me Now)
  • Jun 3 Hale S Irwin, Joplin MO, PGA golfer (1974 US Open)
  • Jun 4 Anthony Braxton, jazz musician
  • Jun 4 Daniel Topolski, writer/photographer/rowing coach
  • Jun 4 Gordon Waller, Scotland, singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love)
  • Jun 4 Ivan "Ironman" Stewart, Mickey Thompson off-road champ (1983, 84, 90)
  • Jun 4 Margaret Impert, Horseheads NY, actress (Maggie, Spencer's Pilots)
  • Jun 5 Ambar Roy, cricketer (nephew of Pankaj Batted in 4 Tests 1969-70)
  • Jun 5 Don Reid, Va, country singer (Statler Bros-Flowers on the Wall)
  • Jun 5 John Carlos, track star (Olympic bronze 1968); gave black power salute
  • Jun 5 Klaus Wyborny, actor (Klammer auf Klammer Zu)
  • Jun 5 John Carlos, American athlete
  • Jun 6 David Dukes, SF, actor (Beacon Hill, 79 Park Avenue, Winds of War)
  • Jun 6 David E Bonior, (Rep-D-MI, 1977- )
  • Jun 7 Wolfgang Schüssel, Chancellor of Austria
  • Jun 8 Derek Underwood, cricketer ("Deadly" Maybe the best post-war SLA)
  • Jun 8 Donna Deitch, director (Sexual Advances, Women of Brewster Place)
  • Jun 9 Faina Myelink, USSR, discus thrower (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Jun 9 Luis Ocaña, Spanish cyclist (d. 1994)
  • Jun 9 Nike Wagner, German woman of the theater
  • Jun 10 Martin Wesley-Smith, composer
  • Jun 10 Ron Glass, Evansville Ind, actor (Ron-Barney Miller, New Odd Couple)
  • Jun 11 Adrienne Barbeau, actress (Maude, Swamp Thing), born in Sacramento, California

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Jun 11 Robert Munsch, Canadian children's author (The Paper Bag Princess, Love You Forever), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Children's Author Robert Munsch
Children's Author
Robert Munsch
  • Jun 12 Alfred Antony Francis Gell, social anthropologist
  • Jun 12 James Naughton, US, actor (Trauma Center) [7/6/46]-
  • Jun 12 Terry Anderson, American rapid fire pistol shooter (Olympic-80, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jun 13 Ronald J Grabe, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 51-J, 30, 42, 57), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Whitley Strieber, American author
  • Jun 14 Rod Argent, St Albans United Kingdom, rock musician (The Zombies, Argent)
  • Jun 15 Nicola Pagett, actress (Oliver's Story, Privates on Parade)
  • Jun 15 Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Philippine senator
  • Jun 15 Lawrence Wilkerson, American retired military officer
  • Jun 16 Claire Alexander, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 16 Lucienne Robillard, Canadian politician
  • Jun 17 Eddy Merckx, Belgium, cyclist (5 time winner of Tour de France)

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Jun 17 Tony Roche, Australian tennis player and coach, born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Jun 17 Frank Ashmore, American actor
  • Jun 17 Tommy Franks, American General
  • Jun 17 Ken Livingstone, English politician (Mayor of London 2000-08), born in London

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Jun 19 Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, leader of the National League for Democracy and human rights activist (1991 Nobel Peace Prize), born in Rangoon, British Burma

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Jun 19 Tim Hovey, actor (Queen Bee, Toy Tiger, Man Afraid), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 19 Tobias Wolff, US writer (This Boy's Life)
  • Jun 19 Radovan Karadžić, Serbian-Bosnian politician
  • Jun 20 David S Monson, (Rep-R-UT, 1985- )
  • Jun 20 James F Buchli, New Rockford ND, USMC/astr (STS 51C, 61A, 29, 48)
  • Jun 20 John McCook, Ventura Cal, actor (Codename: Firefox, Bold & Beautiful)
  • Jun 20 [Morna] Anne Murray, Springhill Nova Scotia Canada, singer (Snow Bird)
  • Jun 21 Chris Britton, England, rock guitarist (Troggs-Wild Thing)
  • Jun 21 Adam Zagajewski, Polish philosopher, poet
  • Jun 22 Howard Kaylan, rocker (Flo & Eddie/Turtles-Happy Together, Eleanor)
  • Jun 23 K B Wilson, methodist Preacher/Principal (Westminster College Oxford)
  • Jun 23 Paul Goddard, Georgia, rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • Jun 23 John Garang, Sudanese leader and politician (d. 2005)
  • Jun 23 Kjell Albin Abrahamson, Swedish journalist and writer.
  • Jun 24 Betty Stove, Netherlands, tennis player (US Doubles 1972)
  • Jun 24 Colin Blunstone, England, rocker (Zombies-Never Even Thought)
  • Jun 24 George E Pataki, Peekskill NY, (Gov-R-NY, 1995- )
  • Jun 25 Carly Simon, singer (Anticipation, You're So Vain), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 26 Barry Schrader, American composer, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 26 David Heyn, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman 1975 World Cup)
  • Jun 26 Malachi York, Nuwaubian leader
  • Jun 27 Catherine Lacoste, golfer (US Women's Open 1967), born in Paris, France
  • Jun 27 John Veltch, horse trainer
  • Jun 27 Norma Kamali, dress designer (Costumes for the Wiz), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 27 Omar Badsha, Durban, South Africa, South African photographer, trade unionist and political activist
  • Jun 28 Dave Knights, rock bassist (Procol Harum-Conquistador), born in London, England
  • Jun 28 Jane Harmon, (Rep-D-California)

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

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