On This Day

What Happened on April 16, 1945

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 49th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley in 2:30:40.2; his second event victory

Victory in BattleRaising a Flag over the Reichstag

Battle of Berlin: Red Army begins its attack on the capital of Nazi Germany
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Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin
Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin
  • Battle of Okinawa: US Army invades and seizes the Ie Shima Airfield on Ie Shima island near Okinawa
  • Colditz Castle, the high-security prisoner of war camp in Germany, is liberated by American troops
  • German troops in Groningen surrender
  • US troops enter Nuremberg, Germany
  • US troops land on He Shima, Okinawa
  • World War II: Dutch town of Arnhem, site of failed Operation Market Garden, is freed by British and Canadian forces

Famous Birthdays

  • Stefan Grossman, American country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie), born in NYC, New York
  • Tom Allen, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine), born in Portland, Maine