On This Day

What Happened on April 26, 1945

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason

French General Philippe Pétain
French General
Philippe Pétain
  • World War II: Battle of Bautzen - last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht

Famous Birthdays

  • Chuck Blazer [Charles Gordon Blazer], American soccer administrator, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Michael "Mike" Finnigan, American keyboard player and vocalist, born in Troy, Ohio
  • Sylvain Simard, Canadian politician (Parti Québécois), born in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian politician and general, dies at 71
  • Sigmund Rascher, Nazi doctor (b. 1909)