On This Day

What Happened on April 12, 1945

Historical Events

  • Canadian troops liberate Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, Netherlands

Music History

Richard Strauss completes his "Metamorphosen"

Famous Birthdays

  • Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization, born in Seoul, South Korea (d. 2006)
  • Willie Parnell, American singer (Archie Bell & the Drells - "Tighten Up"), born in Houston, Texas

Famous Deaths

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd US President (Democrat: 1933-1945), dies in office with the war almost won of a stroke at 63

1945 Highlights

About April 12, 1945

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 7 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aries