On This Day

What Happened on April 30, 1945

Day of the Week: Monday

Article: What Happened to the Body of Adolf Hitler?

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Concentration camp Munchen-Allag freed
  • 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

Victory in BattleRaising a Flag over the Reichstag

Red Army opens attack on German Reichstag building in Berlin
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Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin
Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin
  • 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 FariƱa, American rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind), born in Palo Alto, California (d. 2001)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

MLB catcher Roy Campanella (23) weds Ruthe Willis

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Famous Deaths


Person of interestAdolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler, German Dictator (1936-45), commits suicide at 56

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Eva Braun, German mistress/wife of Hitler, commits suicide at 33