What Happened on May 2, 1945

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Allies occupy Wismar, Northern Germany
  • Dutch Queen Wilhelmina & Princess Juliana reach Gilze-Rijen
  • More than 1,000,000 German soldiers officially surrender to the Western Allies in Italy and Austria

Victory in battleRaising a Flag over the Reichstag

World War II: Battle of Berlin ends as Soviet army takes Berlin and General Weidling surrenders

  • Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste

Famous Birthdays

  • Bianca Jagger, Nicaraguan model and socialite who married Mike Jagger, born in Managua, Nicaragua
  • Bob Henrit, English pop drummer (Kinks-Waterloo Sunset)
  • Goldy McJohn, rocker (Steppenwolf)
  • Judge Dread, English musician (d. 1998)
  • Randy Cain, US soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics)
  • Robert Henrit, England, rocker (Argent)
  • Sarah Weddington, American attorney

Famous Deaths

  • Joe Corbett, baseball player (b. 1875)
  • Ludwig Stumpfegger, German SS doctor and Hitler's personal surgeon commits suicide at 34

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Martin Bormann, German Nazi leader (Hitler's secretary, chief of the Party Chancellery), most likely commits suicide age 44 [remains identified in 1972]

Nazi leader Martin Bormann
Nazi leader
Martin Bormann