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April 22, 1945 in History

Day of the Week: Sunday

Events in History

Victory in BattleRaising a Flag over the Reichstag

Battle of Berlin: Upon being informed that a planned counter-attack never happened, Adolf Hitler flies into a rage, denounces the German Army and concedes World War II is lost

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Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin
Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin
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  • Concentration Camp at Sachsenhausen liberated

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

SS chief Heinrich Himmler secretly meets with Count Folke Bernadotte of Sweden, asking him to act as an intermediary for a surrender offer to the Western Allies. The Allies do not take the offer seriously.

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

Birthdays in History

  • Alan Dukes, Irish Fine Gael politician, born in Drimnagh, Dublin, Ireland
  • Donald E. Graham, American businessman (Graham Holdings Company, Facebook), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Gielijn Escher, Dutch postage stamp artist, born in Oegstgeest, Netherlands
  • Robert Key, British Conservative Party politician (MP for Salisbury), born in Plymouth, Devon, England

Deaths in History

  • Kathe Kollwitz, German graphic artist, dies at 77
1945 in History