On This Day

What Happened on May 7, 1945

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League

Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • Princess Irene Brigade moves into The Hague, Netherlands
  • Pulitzer prize awarded to John Hersey (Bell for Adano)
  • SS open fire on crowd in Amsterdam, killing 22
  • World War II: British troops enter Utrecht, Netherlands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

World War II: Unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims

Nazi Leader and WWII General Alfred Jodl
Nazi Leader and WWII General
Alfred Jodl

Famous Birthdays

  • Christy Moore, Irish folk singer and songwriter, born in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
  • Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2004)
  • Robin Strasser, American actress (Dorian-One Life to Live, Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • Wim A. Mateman, Dutch politician (CDA), born in Aalten, Netherlands
1945 Highlights

About May 7, 1945

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 75 years, 8 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Taurus