What Happened on April 29, 1945

Historical Events

  • Conscientious objector Desmond Doss saves approximately 75 wounded soldiers in the Battle of Okinawa at Hacksaw Ridge. Later depicted in the Oscar-winning film "Hacksaw Ridge".
  • First food drop by RAF above Nazi-occupied Holland (Operation Manna)
  • German armies in Italy sign an unconditional surrender to the Western Allies to be carried out on 2 May
  • Japanese army evacuates Rangoon, British Burma
  • US Army liberates 31,601 people from the Dachau Nazi concentration camp in Germany
  • Venice and Mestre captured by the Allies

Famous Birthdays

  • Hugh Hopper, British progressive rock and jazz bassist (Soft Machine; Stomu Yamashta's East Wind; Carla Bley), born in Canterbury, England (d. 2009)
  • Richard Warwick, English actor (Johnny Dangerously, Sebastine, If), born in Meopham, England (d. 1997)
  • Tammi Terrell [Thomasina Montgomery], American singer ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - duet with Marvin Gaye), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1970)

Famous Weddings

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler (56) marries Eva Braun (33) in the F├╝hrerbunker, Berlin

Famous Deaths

  • Matthias Kleinheisterkamp, German SS officer (b. 1893)
1945 Highlights

About April 29, 1945

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 9 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

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