Historical Events in April 1945

  • Apr 1 1st edition of Indonesia Merdeka publishes
  • Apr 1 Canadian troops free Doetinchem, Enschede, Borculo & Eibergen
  • Apr 1 Ruhrgebied sealed off by US 1st & 9th army
  • Apr 1 Sons of Elburger Soccer team forms in Elburg
  • Apr 1 US forces invade Okinawa during WW II
  • Apr 2 1st US units reach east coast of Okinawa
  • Apr 2 Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established.
  • Apr 3 Hengelo freed from Nazi control by Canadian army
  • Apr 3 Nazis begin evacuation of camp Buchenwald
  • Apr 3 US 1st army conquers Hofgeismar
  • Apr 4 Hungary liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day)
  • Apr 4 US forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany
  • Apr 4 US tanks/infantry conquer Bielefeld
  • Apr 5 Almelo Netherlands freed
  • Apr 5 Kuniaki Koiso resigns as PM of Japan; replaced by Kantaro Suzuki
  • Apr 6 Coevorden freed from Nazis
  • Apr 6 Giant Japanese battleship Yamato heads to Okinawa
  • Apr 6 Massive kamikaze attack on US battle fleet near Okinawa
  • Apr 6 US marines explore Tsugen Shima near Okinawa
  • Apr 7 1st & last assault of German Rammkommando on US bombers
  • Apr 7 US B-17s bombs range at Luneburg
  • Apr 7 US planes intercept Japanese fleet heading for Okinawa on a suicide superbattleship Yamato & four destroyers were sunk
  • Apr 8 Nazi occupiers executed, Nazi general Christiansen flees Netherlands
  • Apr 8 1945 NFL Draft: Charley Trippi from University of Georgia first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • Apr 9 Battleship Admiral Scheer sunk by RAF bombing in Kiel
  • Apr 9 Liberty ship at Bari Italy carrying aerial bombs explodes, kills 360
  • Apr 9 NFL requires players to wear long stockings
  • Apr 9 World War II: The Battle of Königsberg, East Prussia, ends.
  • Apr 10 Allies liberate 1st Nazi concentration camp, Buchenwald (Czech)
  • Apr 10 Canadian troops conquer Deventer
  • Apr 10 General Blaskowitz becomes nazi leader of "Fort Holland"
  • Apr 10 German troops attack Ijsselbrug
  • Apr 10 NFL's Boston Yanks & Brooklyn Tigers merge
  • Apr 10 US troops land on Tsugen Shima Okinawa
  • Apr 10 William Schuman & Antony Tudors ballet premieres in NYC
  • Apr 11 Allied troops liberate Basket-Compascuum
  • Apr 11 SS burns & shoots 1,100 at Gardelegen
  • Apr 11 US captures Tsugen Shima
  • Apr 11 US soldiers liberate Nazi concentration camp "Buchenwald"
  • Apr 11 US troops conquers Mulheim, Oberhausen, Bochum, Unna, Essen
  • Apr 12 Canadian troops liberate Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, Netherlands

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Apr 12 US President Franklin Roosevelt dies in office and Vice-President Harry Truman is sworn in as 33rd US President

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Apr 12 Richard Strauss completes his "Metamorphosis"
  • Apr 13 Canadian army liberates Teuge & Assen Neth from Nazis
  • Apr 13 Red Army occupies Vienna
  • Apr 13 US Marines conquer Minna Shima off Okinawa
  • Apr 14 American planes bomb Tokyo & damage the Imperial Palace
  • Apr 14 Arnhem/Zwolle freed from Nazis
  • Apr 14 WWII: US 7th Army & allies forces capture Nuremberg & Stuttgart in Germany
  • Apr 14 US forces conquered Motobu peninsula on Okinawa
  • Apr 14 US Marines attack Yae Take on Okinawa
  • Apr 15 British Army liberates Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen
  • Apr 15 FDR buried in grounds of Hyde Park home
  • Apr 15 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Communium interpretes dolorum
  • Apr 15 US troops occupy concentration camp Colditz
  • Apr 16 German troops in Groningen surrender
  • Apr 16 US troops enter Nuremberg, Germany
  • Apr 16 US troops land on He Shima, Okinawa
  • Apr 16 Colditz Castle, the high-security prisoner of war camp in Germany, is liberated by American troops.
  • Apr 17 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
  • Apr 17 German occupiers flood Wieringermeer, Netherlands

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Apr 17 Benito Mussolini flees from Salò to Milan

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Apr 17 US troops lands in Mindanao
  • Apr 18 1 armed outfielder, St L Brown Pete Gray, 1st game he goes 1 for 4
  • Apr 18 Epe freed (by corporal G van Aken)
  • Apr 18 Clandestine Radio 1212, after broadcasting pro-nazi propoganda for months used their influence to trap 350,000 German army group B troops
  • Apr 18 Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Bolivia are established.
  • Apr 19 49th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley of Mass in 2:30:40.2
  • Apr 19 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opens on Broadway
  • Apr 19 US aircraft carrier Franklin heavy damaged in Japanese air raid
  • Apr 19 US offensive against Shuri-barrier on Okinawa
  • Apr 19 The diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Guatemala are established.
  • Apr 20 Cleveland Browns organization formed by Arthur "Mickey" McBride
  • Apr 20 German occupiers flood Beemster & Fencer
  • Apr 20 Soviet artillery begins shelling Berlin
  • Apr 20 US 7th army captured German city of Nuremberg
  • Apr 20 US forces conquer Motobu peninsula on Okinawa
  • 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 Red army completely surrounds Berlin
  • 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
  • Apr 27 Italian partisans capture Benito Mussolini at Dongo (Lake Como)
  • 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