May 5, 1945 in History

Day of the Week: Saturday

Events in History

  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Kurt Loder, Entertainment reporter

Deaths in History

  • 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)