On This Day

What Happened on May 5, 1945

Historical Events

  • Mauthausen Concentration camp in Austria liberated by US forces from 41st Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Netherlands & Denmark liberated from Nazi control
  • Premier Gerbrandy on Radio Orange tells Dutch they are liberated
  • Uprising against occupying SS troops in Prague

BattleBattle of Interest

World War II: Admiral Karl Dönitz, leader of Germany after Hitler's death, orders all U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to their bases

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jiří Svoboda, Czech director and politician (2nd Chairman of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia), born in Kladno, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
  • Kurtis "Kurt" Loder, American film critic, TV personality and columnist (Rolling Stone, New York, Time), born in Ocean City, New Jersey
  • Rodney H. Pardey, American poker player (2 x World Series of Poker C'ships; World Series of Poker Bracelets 1991, 94), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2020)

Famous Deaths

  • Elsie Mitchell and five Sunday school students become the only people to die during World War II on US soil when they are killed by a Japanese fire balloon that lands in the forest of Gearhart Mountain, near Bly, Southern Oregon
  • Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (b. 1926)
1945 Highlights

About May 5, 1945

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 75 years, 6 months and 30 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Taurus