On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1945

Day of the Week: Tuesday

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
  • V-E Day: WWII ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender

Famous Birthdays

  • Arthur Docters van Leeuwen, jurist (Holland's secret service)
  • Keith Jarrett, jazz musician/film composer (Nachtfahrer)

Famous Deaths

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