On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1945

Historical Events

  • Canadian troops move into Amsterdam
  • Chinese counter attack at Tsjangte, supports by 14th air fleet

Victory in BattleNazi Germany Surrenders

German General Wilhelm Keitel formally surrenders to the Allies represented by the United States, the UK, France and the Soviet Union in Berlin

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German commander Wilhelm Keitel signs the final unconditional surrender of Germany in the ruins of Berlin
German commander Wilhelm Keitel signs the final unconditional surrender of Germany in the ruins of Berlin
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  • V-E Day: World War II ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender

Famous Birthdays

  • Arthur Docters van Leeuwen, jurist (Holland's secret service)
  • Keith Jarrett, American jazz and classical pianist and composer (The Köln Concert), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • Bernhard Rust, Nazi education minister (b. 1883)
1945 Highlights

About May 8, 1945

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 75 years, 6 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Taurus