On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1945

Historical Events

  • Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation
  • 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

  • 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? 75 years, 9 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn