On This Day

What Happened on April 16, 1945

Historical Events

  • 49th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley in 2:30:40.2; his second event victory
  • 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
1945 Highlights

About April 16, 1945

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 7 months and 20 days
Leap Year: No

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