On This Day

What Happened on April 17, 1945

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 8th Air Force bombs Dresden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Benito Mussolini flees from Salò to Milan

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • German occupiers flood Wieringermeer, Netherlands
  • US troops land in central Mindanao, Philippines during Battle of Mindanao

Famous Birthdays

  • Vincent van der Burg, Dutch scientist, lawyer, and politician (CDA), born in Zeist, Netherlands

Famous Deaths

  • Hannie Schaft, Dutch communist resistance fighter known as the "Girl with red hair", executed at 24
  • Ion Pillat, Romania poet/senator (Umbra timpului), dies
  • Walter Model, German fieldmarshal, commits suicide at 54