On This Day

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
Learn More >>

Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin
Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin
  • Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste

Famous Birthdays

  • Bianca Jagger, Nicaraguan model and socialite who married Mike Jagger, born in Managua, Nicaragua
  • Goldy McJohn, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • Judge Dread [Alexander Hughes] English reggae musician, born in Kent, England (d. 1998)
  • Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)

Famous Deaths

  • Joe Corbett, American baseball player, dies at 69
  • Ludwig Stumpfegger, German SS doctor and Hitler's personal surgeon commits suicide at 34

Person of interestMartin Bormann

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