What Happened on April 30, 1945

What Happened to the Body of Adolf Hitler?

Historical Events

Radio Premiere

"Arthur Godfrey Time" begins a 27 year run on CBS radio

Historic Event

Adolf Hitler commits suicide along with his new wife Eva Braun in the Fuhrerbunker in Berlin as the Red Army captures the city

  • Concentration camp Munchen-Allag freed

Historic Event

Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) calls for crusade against the Bolsheviks

  • Record 48 U-boats sunk by the Allies this month
  • Red Army occupies Demmin
  • Soviet Army frees Ravensbruck concentration camp
  • US troops attack the Elbe

Famous Birthdays

  • Annie Dillard, American writer (An American Childhood), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Claude van de Berge, Flemish writer (Graph Theory), born in Assenede, Belgium
  • Michael J. Smith, American astronaut (51L-Challenger disaster), born in Beaufort, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • Mimi Fariña, American rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind), born in Palo Alto, California (d. 2001)
  • Ray Miller, American baseball manager (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 2021)

Famous Weddings

Roy Campanella

MLB catcher Roy Campanella (23) weds Ruthe Willis

Famous Deaths

Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler (1889-1945)

Austrian-born German dictator and Führer of Nazi Germany (1936-45), commits suicide by shooting himself at 56

  • Eva Braun, German mistress and wife of Hitler, commits suicide by cyanide tablet at 33
1945 Highlights

About April 30, 1945

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 7 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

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