On This Day

What Happened on May 2, 1945

Historical Events

  • Allies occupy Wismar, Northern Germany

Historic Event

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
  • Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste, Italy

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)

Famous Deaths

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

Martin Bormann

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


1945 Highlights

About May 2, 1945

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 7 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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