On This Day

What Happened on August 16, 1945

Historical Events

  • Puyi, the last Chinese Emperor and ruler of Manchukuo is captured by Soviet troops

Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Balaban, American actor and director (2010, Girlfriends, Gosford Park), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Gary Loizzo, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, British rock drummer (Easybeats - "Friday On My Mind"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Kevin Ayers, British progressive rocker (Soft Machine; Joy of a Toy), born in Herne Bay, Kent, England (d. 2013)
  • Suzanne Farrell, American ballerina (Don Quioxote), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Famous Deaths

  • Nico Richter, Dutch composer, dies at 29
  • Takijiro Ohnishi, led Japanese kamikaze pilots (harakiri), dies
1945 Highlights

About August 16, 1945

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 75 years, 2 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo