On This Day

What Happened on April 1, 1945

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events


Battle of InterestBattle of Okinawa

Battle of Okinawa: US ground forces invade Okinawa during World War II in the largest amphibious assault of the Pacific theatre
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British navy vessel HMS Formidable on fire during the Battle of Okinawa after being struck by a kamikaze
British navy vessel HMS Formidable on fire during the Battle of Okinawa after being struck by a kamikaze
  • World War II: Canadian troops free the Dutch cities of Doetinchem, Enschede, Borculo and Eibergen
  • World War II: The Ruhr Pocket of German forces are encircled by the US Ninth Army and US First Army, eventually leading to the capture of 317,000 German troops

Famous Birthdays

  • Heather Young, American actress (Land of the Giants), born in Bremerton
  • Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2004)