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April 30, 1945 in History

Day of the Week: Monday

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Adolf Hitler commits suicide along with his new wife Eva Braun in the Fuhrerbunker in Berlin as the Red Army captures the city

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Concentration camp Munchen-Allag freed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) calls for crusade against the Bolsheviks

Fascist Politician and Nazi Propagandist William Joyce
Fascist Politician and Nazi Propagandist
William Joyce
  • Record 48 U-boats sunk by the Allies this month
  • Red Army occupies Demmin

Victory in BattleRaising a Flag over the Reichstag

Red Army opens attack on German Reichstag building in Berlin

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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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  • Soviet Army frees Ravensbruck concentration camp
  • US troops attack the Elbe

Birthdays in History

  • Annie Dillard, American writer (An American Childhood), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Claude van de Berge, Flemish writer (Graph Theory), born in Assenede, Belgium
  • Michael J. Smith, American astronaut (51L-Challenger disaster), born in Beaufort, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • Mimi Fariña, American rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind), born in Palo Alto, California (d. 2001)

Deaths in History

Person of interestAdolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler, German politician, Leader of the Nazi Party, German Dictator (1933-45), commits suicide by shooting himself at 56

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Eva Braun, German mistress and wife of Hitler, commits suicide by cyanide tablet at 33
1945 in History