On This Day

What Happened on April 7, 1945

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Battle of Okinawa: Massive kamikaze attack of around 110 Japanese aircraft damages three US battleships off Okinawa island
  • Battle of Okinawa: US planes intercept Japanese fleet heading for Okinawa on a suicide mission, super battleship Yamato and four destroyers are sunk
  • Kuniaki Koiso resigns as Prime Minister of Japan after the US invasion of Okinawa; he is replaced by Kantaro Suzuki
  • Sonderkommando Elbe, special Luftwaffe units designed to destroy Allied planes by ramming them mid-air, are sent on their first and only mission of World War II

Famous Birthdays

  • Joël Robuchon, French chef, world record for Michelin stars (32), born in Poitiers, France (d. 2018)
  • Martin Lewis, British newsreader
  • Megas, Icelandic singer, songwriter and writer