On This Day

What Happened on April 25, 1945

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • "Elbe Day" - US and Soviet forces meet at Torgau, Germany on the Elbe River during the invasion of Germany in WWII
  • 45 countries convene UN Conference on Intl Organization in San Francisco
  • Allied air raid on Surabaja, Java
  • British troops reach Grebbe line Neth
  • Clandestine Radio 1212, used to hoax Nazi Germany's final transmission
  • Last Boeing B-17 attack against Nazi Germany

Victory in BattleRaising a Flag over the Reichstag

Soviet forces complete their encirclement of Berlin, cutting off all access points west of the German capital
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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

Famous Birthdays

  • Bj√∂rn Ulvaeus, Swedish songwriter, producer and singer (ABBA), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Jean Purdy, British embryologist and nurse (pioneer in developing IVF), born in Cambridge, England (d. 1985)
  • Michael Kogel, German musician, born in Berlin
  • Stu Cook, American rock bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary), born in Oakland, California