On This Day

What Happened on February 23, 1945

Historical Events

  • 2nd Dutch government of Gerbrandy forms in London
  • Canadian troops occupy Kalkar
  • Operation Grenade: US Lieutenant General Simpson's 9th Army crosses Ruhr

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

US Marines raise American flag on top of Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima. Pulitzer Prize winning photo of which by Joe Rosenthall later became iconic, inspiring the Marine Corps War Memorial sculpture

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United States Marines raise the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima
United States Marines raise the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima
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Famous Birthdays

  • Frank Murray, police Officer
  • John Halsey, British rock drummer (The Rutles - "Barry Wom"), born in Highgate, North London

Famous Deaths

  • Aleksei Tolstoi, Russian poet and writer (Pjotr Peroyj), dies at 62
  • Aubrey Cousins, Canadian sergeant (Victoria Cross), dies in battle
1945 Highlights

About February 23, 1945

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 8 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

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