What Happened on May 2, 1945

Historical Events

  • Allies occupy Wismar, Northern Germany

Event of Interest

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

Raising a Flag over the Reichstag

World War II: Battle of Berlin ends as Soviet army takes Berlin forcing German commander of the city general Helmuth Weidling to surrender

  • Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste, Italy
1945 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Bianca Jagger [Blanca Pérez-Mora Macías], Nicaraguan model and socialite who married Mike Jagger, born in Managua, Nicaragua
  • Goldy McJohn [John Goadsby], Canadian rock keyboard and Hammond B3 organ player (Steppenwolf - "Magic Carpet ride"; 'Born To Be Wild"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • Judge Dread [Alexander Hughes] English reggae musician, born in Kent, England (d. 1998)
  • Loyd Phillips, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman (University of Arkansas; Chicago Bears), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents;; Delfonics - "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
Born in 1945

Famous Deaths

  • Ludwig Stumpfegger, German SS doctor and Hitler's personal surgeon commits suicide at 34

Martin Bormann (1900-1945)

German Nazi leader (Hitler's secretary, chief of the Party Chancellery), most likely commits suicide on this date at 44 [remains identified in 1972]

About May 2, 1945

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 4 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

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