On This Day

What Happened on April 26, 1945

Historical Events

Historic Event

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)
  • Mike Finnigan, American session and touring rock, jazz, and blues Hammond B3 organ and 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? 76 years and 6 months
Leap Year: No

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