What Happened on April 26, 1945

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason
  • 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, Quebec politician
  • V K Ramaswamy, cricketer (Indian Test umpire stood in 1996 World Cup)

Famous Deaths

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