On This Day

What Happened on March 23, 1945

Historical Events

Battle of Okinawa

Battle of Okinawa: US Navy ships bomb the Japanese island of Okinawa in preparation for the Allied invasion; it would become the largest battle of the Pacific War in World War II

  • British 7th Black Watch crosses the Rhine into Germany

Historic Event

Lt. Gen. Miles Dempsey becomes the first British commander to cross the Rhine during the Allied invasion of Germany

  • Premier Churchill visits Montgomery's headquarter in Straelen

Historic Event

The Swallow Sidecar Company headed by William Lyons agrees to change its name to Jaguar


Famous Birthdays

  • Franco Battiato, Italian pop, rock, and new wave singer, songwriter (“La Voce del Padrone” (“The Master’s Voice”), and filmmaker ("Lost Love"), born in Jonia, Sicily. Italy (d. 2021)
  • Krasnodar Rora, Croatian soccer midfielder (5 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb, Standard Liège) and manager (Šibenik), born in Vis, Croatia (d. 2020)
1945 Highlights

About March 23, 1945

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 8 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

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