On This Day

May 5, 1945 in History

Day of the Week: Saturday

Events in History

  • Mauthausen Concentration camp in Austria liberated by US forces from 41st Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Netherlands & Denmark liberated from Nazi control
  • Premier Gerbrandy on Radio Orange tells Dutch they are liberated
  • Uprising against occupying SS troops in Prague

BattleBattle of Interest

World War II: Admiral Karl Dönitz, leader of Germany after Hitler's death, orders all U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to their bases

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

Birthdays in History

  • Jiří Svoboda, Czech director and politician (2nd Chairman of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia), born in Kladno, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
  • Rodney H. Pardey, American poker player (2 x World Series of Poker C'ships; World Series of Poker Bracelets 1991, 94), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2020)

Deaths in History

  • Elsie Mitchell and five Sunday school students become the only people to die during World War II on US soil when they are killed by a Japanese fire balloon that lands in the forest of Gearhart Mountain, near Bly, Southern Oregon
  • Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (b. 1926)
1945 in History