On This Day

May 23, 1945 in History

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Events in History

  • German island of Helgoland in the North Sea surrenders to British

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) arrested at Danish boundary

Fascist Politician and Nazi Propagandist William Joyce
Fascist Politician and Nazi Propagandist
William Joyce

Event of interestEvent of Interest

The Allies arrest the members of the Nazi Flensburg government, including Admiral Karl Donitz, formally dissolving Nazi Germany

Naval Commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval Commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz

Birthdays in History

  • Elliott Bernerd, English broker/multi-millionaire

Deaths in History

Person of interestHeinrich Himmler

Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi leader (head of the SS), commits suicide while in Allied custody at 44

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
1945 in History