On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1945

Historical Events

Historic Event

Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation

Nazi Physician Eduard Wirths
Nazi Physician
Eduard Wirths
  • Gilbert Dodds, record miler (4:05.3), retires to do gospel work
  • Soviet army enters the devastated city of Warsaw and clears German resistance
  • Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, arrested by Soviet secret police in Hungary

Famous Birthdays

  • Ivan Karabits, Ukrainian composer, conductor, and educator, born in Yalta, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine (d. 2002)
  • Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter, born in Gwalior, India
  • William Hart, American singer (4 Gents; Delfonics - "I'm Sorry"), born in Washington, D.C.
1945 Highlights

About January 17, 1945

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 9 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn