On This Day

What Happened on April 9, 1945

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Battleship Admiral Scheer sunk by RAF bombing in Kiel
  • Liberty ship at Bari Italy carrying aerial bombs explodes, kills 360
  • NFL requires players to wear long stockings
  • World War II: The Battle of K√∂nigsberg, East Prussia, ends.

Famous Birthdays

  • Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologist/antifascist, hanged
  • Georg Elser, German failed assassin of Hitler, dies at Dachau concentration camp at 42
  • Hans Oster, German major general, spy and "July 20th plot", hanged at 57
  • Hans von Dohnanyi, "July 20th plotter", hanged
  • Wilhelm Canaris, Admiral/headed Germany Abwehr, hanged