On This Day

What Happened on April 22, 1945

Historical Events

Raising a Flag over the Reichstag

Battle of Berlin: Upon being informed that a planned counter-attack never happened, Adolf Hitler flies into a rage, denounces the German Army and concedes World War II is lost

  • Concentration Camp at Sachsenhausen liberated

Meeting of Interest

SS chief Heinrich Himmler secretly meets with Count Folke Bernadotte of Sweden, asking him to act as an intermediary for a surrender offer to the Western Allies. The Allies do not take the offer seriously.

  • Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 2-1 for a 4-3 series win; Leafs lead series 3-0 but Wings recover to 3-3 to force a decider

Famous Birthdays

  • Alan Dukes, Irish Fine Gael politician, born in Drimnagh, Dublin, Ireland
  • Donald E. Graham, American businessman (Graham Holdings Company, Facebook), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Gielijn Escher, Dutch postage stamp artist, born in Oegstgeest, Netherlands
  • Martin Quittenton, British rock and blues guitarist (Steamhammer), and songwriter ("Maggie May; "You Wear It Well"), born in England (d. 2015)
  • Robert Key, British Conservative Party politician (MP for Salisbury), born in Plymouth, Devon, England

Famous Deaths

  • Kathe Kollwitz, German graphic artist, dies at 77
1945 Highlights

About April 22, 1945

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 7 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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