On This Day

What Happened on April 26, 1945

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Marshal Philippe Pétain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during World War 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 & general, dies at 71
  • Sigmund Rascher, Nazi doctor, dies at 36
1945 Highlights

About April 26, 1945

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 75 years, 6 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Taurus