On This Day

What Happened on May 1, 1945

Historical Events

  • About 1,000 citizens of Demmin in Germany, commit suicide provoked by occupation by Soviet Red Army
  • Admiral Karl Doenitz forms German government
  • Australian & Dutch troops land on Tarakan
  • General Belgian Labor Union (ABVV) party forms
  • Radio Budapest, Hungary re-enters shortwave broadcasting after WW II
  • Seys-Inquart flees to Flensburg
  • Soviet army reaches Rostock

Famous Birthdays

  • Rita Coolidge, American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter (Higher & Higher, We're All Alone), born in Nashville, Tennessee

Famous Deaths

  • Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist and composer, dies at 59

Person of interestJoseph Goebbels

Joseph Goebbels, German Nazi Minister of Propaganda, commits suicide aged 47 with his wife (43) and arranges the death of their 6 children, Heidrun (4), Hedwig (6), Holdine (8), Helmut (9), Hildegard (11), and Helga (12)

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels

1945 Highlights

About May 1, 1945

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 75 years, 6 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Taurus