On This Day

What Happened on April 19, 1945

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Guatemala are established
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opens on Broadway
  • US aircraft carrier Franklin heavy damaged in Japanese air raid
  • US offensive against Shuri-barrier on Okinawa

Famous Birthdays

  • Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), born in Pendleton, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer and co-founder and guitarist for We Five, born in Riverside County, California (d. 2002)

Famous Deaths

  • J P Heyboer, resistance fighter, executed