On This Day

What Happened on May 23, 1945

Historical Events

  • German island of Helgoland in the North Sea surrenders to British

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) arrested at Danish boundary

Fascist Politician and Nazi Propagandist William Joyce
Fascist Politician and Nazi Propagandist
William Joyce

Event of interestEvent of Interest

The Allies arrest the members of the Nazi Flensburg government, including Admiral Karl Donitz, formally dissolving Nazi Germany

Naval Commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval Commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz

Famous Birthdays

  • Elliott Bernerd, English broker/multi-millionaire
  • Lauren Chapin, actress (Kathy-Father Knows Best)
  • Misty Morgan, country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard)
  • Padmarajan, Indian film director (d. 1991)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestHeinrich Himmler

Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi leader (head of the SS), commits suicide while in Allied custody at 44

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler

1945 Highlights

About May 23, 1945

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 75 years, 6 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Gemini