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1945 was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1945th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 945th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 45th year of the 20th century, and the 6th year of the 1940s decade. This year also marks the start of the Second World War, the deadliest conflict in human history.
Below, events of
World War II have the "WWII" prefix.
January – WWII:
Allied advance from Paris to the Rhine continues; the United States Army crosses the Siegfried Line.
January 1 – WWII:
January 5 – Australia recognizes the Polish Committee of National Liberation as the government of Poland.
January 6 – A German offensive recaptures Esztergom, Hungary from the Russians.
January 7 – WWII: British General Bernard Montgomery holds a press conference at Zonhoven describing his role at the Battle of the Bulge.
January 12 – WWII: The Soviet Union begins the Vistula–Oder Offensive in Eastern Europe against the German Army.
January 13 – WWII: The Soviet Union begins the East Prussian Offensive to eliminate German forces in East Prussia.
January 16 – WWII: Adolf Hitler takes residence in the in Berlin. Führerbunker
January 18 – The Holocaust: The SS begins evacuation of Auschwitz concentration camp. Nearly 60,000 prisoners, mostly Jews, are forced to march to other locations in Germany; as many as 15,000 die. The 7,000 too sick to move are left without supplies being distributed.
The Holocaust: Soviet forces liberate the
Łódź Ghetto; only 877 Jews of the initial population of 164,000 remain at this time. WWII: World Chess game begin day.
January 23 – WWII:
January 24 – WWII: AP war correspondent Joseph Morton, nine OSS men, and four SOE agents are executed by the Germans at Mauthausen concentration camp under Hitler's Commando Order of 1942 which stipulates the immediate execution of all captured Allied commandos or saboteurs without trial, even those in proper uniforms. Morton is the only Allied correspondent to be executed by the Axis during the war.
January 26 – WWII: Infantry action at Holtzwihr, France, for which Audie Murphy is awarded the Medal of Honor. 
January 27 – The Holocaust: The Soviet Red Army liberates the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps.
January 28 – WWII: Supplies begin to reach China over the newly reopened Burma Road.
January 30 – WWII:
January 31 – WWII:
February 3 – WWII:
February 4– 11 – WWII: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin hold the Yalta Conference.
February 6 – French writer Robert Brasillach is executed for collaboration with the Germans.
February 7 – WWII: General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila.
February 8 – The Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, championed by the charismatic native leader, Elizabeth Peratrovich. The territorial Senate voted on the bill and it was passed, after being defeated just two years before in 1943 by the territorial legislature.
February 10 – WWII: 3,608 drown when the troopship SS is sunk by the General von Steuben Soviet submarine . S-13 
February 10– 20 – WWII: Operation Kita: The Imperial Japanese Navy returns "Completion Force", containing both its , safely from Ise-class battleships Singapore to Kure in Japan despite Allied attacks.
February 13 – WWII:
February 14 – Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru join the United Nations.
February 16 – WWII:
February 19– February 20 – 980 Japanese soldiers die as a result of a killing spree by long saltwater crocodiles in Ramree, Burma. 
February 19 – WWII – Battle of Iwo Jima: About 30,000 United States Marines land on Iwo Jima.
February 21 – The last V-2-rocket is launched from Peenemünde.
February 22 – WWII:
February 23 – WWII:
Battle of Iwo Jima: A group of United States Marines reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American flag. The photo, (taken by Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima Joe Rosenthal), later wins a Pulitzer Prize. The
11th Airborne Division, with Filipino guerrillas, freed the captives of the Los Baños internment camp. The capital of the
Philippines, Manila, is liberated by combined American and Filipino ground troops. American and Filipino troops enter
Intramuros, Manila. The German garrison in
Poznań capitulates to Red Army and Polish troops.
Bombing of Pforzheim: Heaviest of a series of bombing raids on Pforzheim in Germany by Allied aircraft is carried out by the British Royal Air Force. As many as 17,600 people, or 31.4% of the town's population, are killed in the raid and about 83% of the town's buildings destroyed, two-thirds of its complete area and between 80 and 100% of the inner city.
Turkey joins the war on the Allies' side.
February 24 – The Egyptian Premier Ahmad Mahir Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree.
February 28 – In Bucharest, a violent demonstration takes place, during which the bolşevic group opens fire on the army and protesters. In response, Andrei Y. Vishinsky, USSR vice commissioner of foreign affairs and president of the Allied Control Commission for Romania, travels to Bucharest to compel Nicolae Rădescu to resign as premier.
March 1 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt gives what will be his last address to a joint session of the United States Congress, reporting on the Yalta Conference.
March 3 – WWII:
March 5 – WWII: Brazilian troops take Castelnuovo ( Vergato), in the last prior operations for the Allied Spring 1945 offensive in Italy.
A Communist-led government is formed in
Romania under Petru Groza following Soviet intervention. Resistance fighters accidentally ambush and attempt to execute SS general
Hanns Albin Rauter, the arch-persecutor of the Dutch.
March 7 – WWII: At the end of Operation Lumberjack, American troops seize the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine at Remagen in Germany and begin to cross; in the next 10 days 25,000 troops with equipment are able to cross.
March 9– 10 – WWII: Bombing of Tokyo: "Operation Meetinghouse" – USAAF B-29 bombers flying from the Mariana Islands attack Tokyo, Japan, with incendiary bombs, killing 100,000 citizens in the firebombing.
March 9 – The film premieres in Paris. Les Enfants du Paradis
March 12 – WWII: Swinemünde is destroyed by the USAAF killing an estimated 8,000 to 23,000 civilians, mostly refugees saved by Operation Hannibal.
March 15– 31 – WWII: The Soviet Red Army carries out the Upper Silesian Offensive.
March 15 – The 17th Academy Awards ceremony is held, broadcast via radio for the first time. Best Picture goes to . Going My Way
March 16 – WWII: The Battle of Iwo Jima unofficially ends, with pockets of guerrilla resistance persisting until the official conclusion of the battle.
March 17 – WWII: Kobe, Japan is fire-bombed by 331 B-29 bombers, killing over 8,000 people.
March 18 – WWII: 1,250 American bombers attack Berlin.
March 19 – WWII:
Adolf Hitler orders that all industries, military installations, machine shops, transportation facilities and communications facilities in Germany be destroyed. Off the coast of Japan, bombers hit the
aircraft carrier USS , killing about 800 of her crewmen and crippling the ship. Franklin
March 21 – WWII:
March 26 – WWII: The Battle of Iwo Jima officially ends, with the destruction of the remaining areas of Japanese resistance.
March 30 – WWII:
Red Army pushes most of the Axis forces out of Hungary into Austria.
Alger Hiss is congratulated in Moscow for his part in bringing positions of Western powers and the Soviet Union closer to each other at the Yalta Conference.
April 1 – WWII: Battle of Okinawa: The Tenth United States Army lands on Okinawa.
April 4 – WWII:
April 6 – WWII:
April 7 – WWII:
April 8 – The SS begins to evacuate the Buchenwald concentration camp; inmates in the Buchenwald Resistance call for American aid and overpower and kill the remaining guards.
April 10 – WWII: Visoko is liberated by the 7th, 9th and 17th Krajina Brigades from the Tenth Division of Yugoslav Partisan forces.
April 11 – Buchenwald concentration camp is liberated by the United States Army.
April 14 – WWII: The First Canadian Army assumes military control of the Netherlands where German forces are trapped in the Atlantic wall fortifications along the coastline. 
April 15 – WWII:
April 16 – WWII:
April 17 – WWII:
April 18 – American war correspondent Ernie Pyle is killed by Japanese machine gun fire on the island of Ie Shima off Okinawa.
April 19 – Rodgers and Hammerstein's , a musical play based on Carousel Ferenc Molnár's , opens on Liliom Broadway and becomes their second long-running stage classic.
April 20 – WWII: On his 56th birthday Adolf Hitler leaves his to decorate a group of Führerbunker Hitler Youth soldiers in Berlin. It will be his last trip to the surface from his underground bunker.
April 22 – WWII:
Heinrich Himmler, through Folke Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg, puts forth an offer of German surrender to the Western Allies, but not the Soviet Union.
Adolf Hitler privately concedes defeat in his underground Berlin bunker after learning Felix Steiner cannot mobilize enough men to launch a counterattack on the Soviet Union which has just broken through Germany.
April 23 – WWII: Hermann Göring sends the Göring Telegram to Hitler seeking confirmation that he should take over leadership of Germany in accordance with the decree of 29 June 1941. Hitler regards this as treason.
April 24 – Retreating German troops destroy all the bridges over the Adige in Verona, including the historic Ponte di Castelvecchio and Ponte Pietra.
April 25– 26 – WWII: Last major strategic bombing raid by RAF Bomber Command, the destruction of the oil refinery at Tønsberg in southern Norway by 107 Avro Lancasters.
April 26 – WWII:
April 30 – Death of Adolf Hitler: Adolf Hitler and his wife of one day, Eva Braun, commit suicide as the Red Army approaches the Führerbunker in Berlin. Großadmiral Karl Dönitz succeeds Hitler as President of Germany ( Reichspräsident) and Joseph Goebbels succeeds as Chancellor of Germany ( Reichskanzler), in accordance with Hitler's political testament of the previous day.
Interpol (being headquartered in Berlin) effectively ceases to exist (it is recreated on June 3, 1946).
May 1 – WWII:
May 2 – WWII:
May 3 – WWII:
May 4 – WWII:
May 5 – WWII:
May 6– 7 – The government of the Independent State of Croatia, the Nazi-affiliated fascist puppet state established in occupied Yugoslavia, flees Zagreb for a location near Klagenfurt in Austria rather than fall into the hands of the Yugoslav Partisans, initiating the Bleiburg repatriations.  
May 7 – WWII: General Alfred Jodl signs the unconditional German Instrument of Surrender at Reims, France, ending Germany's participation in the war, officially coming into effect on May 8 at 23:01 hours Central European Time (00:01 hours May 9 German Summer Time).
May 8 – WWII:
May 8– 29 – Sétif and Guelma massacre: In Algeria, thousands die as French troops and released Italian POWs kill an estimated 6,000 to 40,000 Algerian citizens.
May 9 – WWII:
May 10 – The German occupation of the Channel Islands in Sark ends with their liberation by British troops.
May 14– 15 – WWII: Battle of Poljana – The last battle of the War in Europe is fought at Poljana near Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia.
May 15 – WWII: – Surrender at Bleiburg – Retreating troops of the Croatian Armed Forces of the former puppet Independent State of Croatia (intermingled with fleeing civilians) attempt to surrender to the British Army at Bleiburg but are directed to surrender to Yugoslav Partisans who open fire on them. The remainder, after orders are given by Tito, are force-marched through Croatia and Serbia, interned or massacred, with thousands dying.  
May 16 – The German occupation of the Channel Islands in Alderney ends with their liberation by British troops.
May 28 – William Joyce (" Lord Haw-Haw") is captured. He is later charged with high treason in London for his English-language wartime broadcasts on German radio, convicted, and then hanged in January 1946.
German communists, led by
Walter Ulbricht, arrive in Berlin. Dutch painter
Han van Meegeren is arrested for collaboration with the Nazis, but the paintings he has sold to Hermann Göring (Koch) are later proved to be his own fakes.
May 30 – The Iranian government demands that all Soviet and British troops leave the country.
published. As We May Think 
July 1 – WWII: Germany is divided between the Allied occupation forces.
July 4 – The Brazilian cruiser "Bahia" is sunk by an accidentally induced explosion, killing more than 300 and stranding the survivors in shark-infested waters.
July 8 – WWII: Harry S. Truman is informed that Japan will talk peace if it can retain the reign of the Emperor. 
July 9 – A forest fire breaks out in the Tillamook Burn (the third in that area of Oregon since 1933).
July 12 – Ben Chifley is elected leader of the Labor Party and consequently becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Australia, defeating Frank Forde as well as Norman Makin and H.V. Evatt. As a result, Forde becomes the shortest serving Prime Minister in Australian history; nevertheless, he retained his post as Deputy leader.
July 14 – WWII: Italy declares war on Japan.
July 15 – The Scott Morrison Award of Minor Hockey Excellence was first given; first recipient is Gordie Howe.
Trinity Test, the first of an atomic bomb, using about six kilograms of plutonium, succeeds in unleashing an explosion equivalent to that of 19 kilotons of TNT. A train collision near
Munich, Germany kills 102 war prisoners.
July 17– August 2 – WWII: Potsdam Conference – At Potsdam, the three main Allied leaders hold their final summit of the war. President Truman officially informs Stalin that the U.S. has a powerful new weapon.
July 21 – WWII: President Harry S. Truman approves the order for atomic bombs to be used against Japan. 
July 23 – WWII: French marshal Philippe Pétain, who headed the Vichy government during WWII, goes on trial for treason.
July 26 – Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after his Conservative Party is soundly defeated by the Labour Party in the 1945 general election. Clement Attlee becomes the new Prime Minister. It is the first time that Labour has governed Britain with a majority in the House of Commons. 
July 26 – The Potsdam Declaration demands Japan's unconditional surrender; Article 12 permitting Japan to retain the reign of the Emperor has been deleted by President Truman. 
July 27 – WWII: Bombing of Aomori – Two USAAF B-29s dropped a total of 60,000 leaflets on the city of Aomori, Japan, warning civilians of an air raid and urge them to leave immediately.
July 30 – WWII: The heavy cruiser USS is hit and sunk by torpedoes from the Indianapolis Japanese submarine in the I-58 Philippine Sea. Some 900 survivors jump into the sea and are adrift for up to four days. Nearly 600 die before help arrives. Captain Charles B. McVay III of the cruiser is later court-martialed and convicted.
August 6 – WWII: Atomic bombing of Hiroshima: A United States B-29 Superfortress, the Enola Gay, drops an atomic bomb, codenamed " Little Boy", on Hiroshima, Japan, at 8:15 a.m. (local time). The atomic bombings are believed to have resulted in between 129,000 and 246,000 deaths.
August 7 – U.S. President Harry Truman announces the successful atomic bombing of Hiroshima while he is returning from the Potsdam Conference aboard the U.S. Navy heavy cruiser USS in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Augusta (CA-31)
United Nations Charter is ratified by the United States Senate, and this nation becomes the third to join the new international organization. WWII: The Soviet Union declares war on Japan.
August 9 – WWII:
August 10 – WWII: Japan offers to surrender to the Allies, "provided this does not prejudice the sovereignty of the Emperor".
August 11– 25 – Soviet troops complete occupation of Sakhalin.
August 13 – The Zionist World Congress approaches the British government to discuss the founding of the country of Israel.
August 16 – Polish–Soviet treaty establishes boundaries between the two countries.
August 19 – Chinese Civil War: Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek meet in Chongqing to discuss an end to hostilities between the Communists and the Nationalists.
August 23 – Soviet–Japanese War – Joseph Stalin orders the detention of Japanese prisoners of war in the Soviet Union.
August 30 – WWII: Vietnam's capital Hanoi is overthrown by the Viet Minh which ends the French occupation in what becomes North Vietnam and thus the southern provinces become South Vietnam. This ends the August Revolution.
September 2 – WWII ends:
Tomoyuki Yamashita surrenders to Filipino and American forces at Kiangan, Ifugao. The final official
Japanese Instrument of Surrender is accepted by the Supreme Allied Commander, General Douglas MacArthur, and Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz for the United States, and delegates from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, China, and others from a Japanese delegation led by Mamoru Shigemitsu, on board the American battleship USS in Missouri Tokyo Bay. General
Douglas MacArthur is given the title of Supreme Commander Allied Powers, and is also tasked with the occupation of Japan. 
September 2 – Democratic Republic of Viet Nam is officially established, by Ho Chi Minh. 
September 3 – The earliest events of the Cold War begin.
September 4 – WWII: Japanese forces surrender on Wake Island after hearing word of their country's surrender.
American troops occupy
southern Korea, while the Soviet Union occupies the north, with the dividing line being the 38th parallel of latitude. This arrangement proves to be the indirect beginning of a divided Korea which will lead to the Korean War in 1950.
September 9 – Chiang Kai-shek officially accepts the Japanese capitulation at Nanking. 
September 10 – Vidkun Quisling is sentenced to death as a Nazi collaborator, in Norway. 
September 12 – The Japanese Army formally surrenders to the British in Singapore.
September 18 – Typhoon Makurazaki in Japan kills 3,746 people.
September 20 – Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru demand that all British troops depart India.
January 3 – Stephen Stills, American rock singer and songwriter
January 4 – Richard R. Schrock, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
January 11 – Christine Kaufmann, German actress (d. 2017)
January 12 – André Bicaba, Burkinabé sprinter
January 14 – Einar Hákonarson, Icelandic painter
January 20 – Robert Olen Butler, American writer
January 21 – Martin Shaw, British TV and film actor
January 25 – Leigh Taylor-Young, American actress
January 27 – Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader, writer, and lawyer (d. 2005)
January 30 – Michael Dorris, American author (d. 1997)
January 31 – Joseph Kosuth, American artist
February 5 – Sarah Weddington, American attorney
February 6 – Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter and musician (d. 1981)
February 7 – Gerald Davies, Welsh rugby player
February 9 – Mia Farrow, American actress
February 13 – Simon Schama, English academician and historian
February 14 – Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein
February 15 – Douglas Hofstadter, American cognitive scientist
February 16 – Jeremy Bulloch, English actor
February 17 – Brenda Fricker, Irish actress
February 18 – Edir Macedo, Brazilian evangelical leader and media mogul
February 20 – Henry Polic II, American actor (d. 2013)
February 24 – Barry Bostwick, American actor
February 26 – Marta Kristen, Norwegian actress
February 27 – Carl Anderson, American singer and actor (d. 2004)
February 28 – Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (d. 2011)
March 1 – Dirk Benedict, American actor
March 13 – Anatoly Fomenko, Russian mathematician
March 15 – A. K. Faezul Huq, Bangladeshi lawyer and politician (d. 2007)
March 21 – Charles Greene, American Olympic athlete
March 24 – Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (d. 2016)
March 26 – Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast (d. 2004)
March 30 – Eric Clapton, English rock guitarist
March 31 – Gabe Kaplan, American actor, comedian, and professional poker player
April 4 – Daniel Cohn-Bendit, French activist
April 5 – Cem Karaca, Turkish musician (d. 2004)
April 7 – Werner Schroeter, German film director (d. 2010)
April 9 – Peter Gammons, American baseball sportswriter
April 11 – Christian Quadflieg, German actor
April 12 – Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization (d. 2006)
April 20 – Naftali Temu, Kenyan Olympic athlete (d. 2003)
April 21 – Ana Lúcia Torre, Brazilian actress
April 24 – Doug Clifford, American drummer
April 27 – August Wilson, American playwright (d. 2005)
May 1 – Rita Coolidge, American pop singer
May 3 – Jeffrey C. Hall, American geneticist and chronobiologist, Nobel Prize laureate
May 4 – Narasimhan Ram, Indian journalist
May 5 – Kurt Loder, American film critic, author and television personality
May 8 – Keith Jarrett, American musician
May 9 – Jupp Heynckes, German football manager and former footballer
May 13 – Tammam Salam, 34th Prime Minister of Lebanon
May 14 – Yochanan Vollach, Israeli footballer and president of Maccabi Haifa, CEO
May 15 – Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, heir to the Portuguese crown
May 16 – Nicky Chinn, English rock songwriter ( Sweet, Suzi Quatro)
May 17 – Tony Roche, Australian tennis player
May 19 – Pete Townshend, English rock guitarist and lyricist ( The Who)
May 22 – Victoria Wyndham, American actress ( Another World)
May 24 – Priscilla Presley, American actress and businesswoman
May 28 – John Fogerty, American rock singer ( Creedence Clearwater Revival)
May 29 – Gary Brooker, English pianist and singer ( Procol Harum)
June 1 – Frederica von Stade, American mezzo-soprano
June 2 – Jon Peters, American film producer
June 3 – Hale Irwin, American professional golfer
June 6 – David Dukes, American actor (d. 2000)
June 8 – Steven Fromholz, American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)
June 9 – Nike Wagner, German woman of the theater
June 10 – Benny Gallagher, Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, half of the duo Gallagher and Lyle
June 11 – Adrienne Barbeau, American actress, television personality and author
June 12 – Pat Jennings, Northern Irish footballer
June 13 – Rodney P. Rempt, American admiral
June 20 – Anne Murray, Canadian singer
June 23 – Jim Fouratt, American gay activist, entertainer
June 24 – George Pataki, Governor of New York
June 26 – Dwight York, American musician, fashion consultant, cult leader, and child molester
June 29 – Chandrika Kumaratunga, 5th President of Sri Lanka
June 30 – Kevin Jackman, Australian rules footballer
August 1 – Douglas D. Osheroff, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
August 2 – Joanna Cassidy, American actress
August 4 – Alan Mulally, American businessman, former CEO of the Ford Motor Company
August 6 – Ron Jones, British director (d. 1993)
August 7 – Alan Page, American football player
August 9 – Posy Simmonds, English cartoonist
August 13 – Howard Marks, Welsh drug smuggler and author (d. 2016)
August 19 – Ian Gillan, English rock singer ( Deep Purple)
August 20 – Jonathan Goodson, American television game show producer and son of Mark Goodson
August 22 – Ron Dante, American rock singer, songwriter, and record producer ( The Archies)
August 24 – Vincent K. "Vince" McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter, chairman and CEO of WWE
August 25 – Daniel Hulet, Belgian cartoonist (d. 2011)
August 26 – Tom Ridge, American politician
August 27 – Marianne Sägebrecht, German film actress
August 29 – Wyomia Tyus, American Olympic athlete
September 1 – Mustafa Balel, Turkish writer
September 4 – Danny Gatton, American guitarist (d. 1994)
September 5 – Al Stewart, Scottish singer-songwriter
September 6 – Victor Ramahatra, 5th Prime Minister of Madagascar
September 7 – Jacques Lemaire, Canadian ice hockey coach
September 9 – Doug Ingle, American singer-songwriter
September 10 – José Feliciano, Puerto Rican-American singer
September 11 – Franz Beckenbauer, German footballer and coach
September 12 – Richard Thaler, American economist
September 14 – Martin Tyler, British sports broadcaster
September 15 – Jessye Norman, American soprano
September 16 – Pat Stevens, American voice actress (d. 2010)
September 17 – Phil Jackson, American basketball coach
September 19 – Randolph Mantooth, American actor and motivational speaker
September 22 – Gonzaguinha, Brazilian singer and composer (d. 1991)
September 23 – Paul Petersen, child actor and advocate of other child actors
September 24 – John Rutter, English choral composer and conductor
September 25 – Dee Dee Warwick, American singer (d. 2008)
September 26 – Bryan Ferry, English singer-songwriter and musician ( Roxy Music)
September 27 – Jack Goldstein, Canadian artist (d. 2003)
September 29 – Nadezhda Chizhova, Russian athlete
October 2 – Don McLean, American rock singer-songwriter
October 4 – Clifton Davis, American actor
October 5 – Brian Connolly, Scottish musician (d. 1997)
October 6 – Ivan Graziani, Italian singer-songwriter (d. 1997)
October 9 – Vijaya Kumaratunga, Sri Lankan film actor and politician (d. 1988)
October 13 – Susan Stafford, American television presenter
October 15 – Jim Palmer, American baseball player
October 20 – George Wyner, American actor
October 22 – Yvan Ponton, Canadian actor and sportscaster
October 23 – Kim Larsen, Danish rock musician.
October 24 – Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education
October 29 – Melba Moore, American singer and actress
October 29 – Daniel Albright, American literary critic and musicologist
October 30 – Henry Winkler, American actor, producer and director
October 31 – Brian Doyle-Murray, American actor
December 1 – Bette Midler, American actress, comedian and singer
December 2 – Charles "Tex" Watson, American prisoner
December 6 – Larry Bowa, American baseball player and manager
December 7 – Clive Russell, English actor
December 9 – Michael Nouri, American actor
December 12 – Portia Simpson-Miller, 2-Time Prime Minister of Jamaica
December 16 – Patti Deutsch, American voice actress
December 19 – Elaine Joyce, American actress and game show panelist
December 21 – Mari Lill, Estonian actress
December 22 – Diane Sawyer, American news journalist
December 25 – Gary Sandy, American actor
December 26 – John Walsh, American media personality
December 28 – King Birendra of Nepal (d. 2001)
December 30 – Davy Jones, English-born pop singer and actor (d. 2012)
January 2 – Bertram Ramsay, British admiral (b. 1883)
January 3 – Edgar Cayce, American mysticist (b. 1877)
January 4 – Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno, 3-time President of Costa Rica (b. 1859)
Dennis O'Neill, British child killed by his foster parents, which scandal resulted in an overhaul of the British Care Systems (b. 1932)
Jüri Uluots, Estonian statesman (b. 1890)
January 10 – Pēteris Juraševskis, 8th Prime Minister of Latvia (b. 1872)
January 12 – Teresio Olivelli, Italian Roman Catholic soldier and venerable (b. 1916)
January 15 – Pedro Abad Santos, Filipino politician, brother of Jose Abad Santos (killed in action) (b. 1876)
January 16 – José Fabella, Filipino physician (b. 1889)
January 20 – Federico Pedrocchi, Italian artist and writer (b. 1907)
January 21 – Archibald Murray, British Army general (b. 1860)
January 22 – Else Lasker-Schüler, German poet and author (b. 1869)
January 31 – Eddie Slovik, American soldier (executed) (b. 1920)
Anne Frank, German-born Jewish diarist and writer (typhus in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp) (b. 1929)
February 3 – Roland Freisler, Nazi German judge (b. 1893)
February 6 – Robert Brasillach, French writer (executed) (b. 1909)
February 7 – Karl Schwitalle, German Olympic weightlifter (b. 1906)
February 8 – Robert Mallet-Stevens, French architect and designer (b. 1886)
February 10 – Anacleto Díaz, Filipino jurist (murdered during the Battle of Manila) (b. 1878)
February 11 – Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (b. 1891)
February 12 – Antonio Villa-Real, Filipino jurist (murdered during the Battle of Manila) (b. 1878)
February 13 – Maria Orosa, Filipino technologist, chemist, humanitarian and WWII heroine (b. 1893)
February 15 – Helmut Möckel, German youth leader and politician (b. 1909)
February 17 – Gabrielle Weidner, Belgian World War II heroine (b. 1914)
February 19 – Heinrich Jasper, German politician (b. 1875)
February 21 – Eric Liddell, British Olympic athlete (b. 1902)
February 22 – Sara Josephine Baker, American physician (b. 1873)
February 24 – Josef Mayr-Nusser, Italian Roman Catholic layman, martyr and blessed (b. 1910)
February 25 – Mário de Andrade, Brazilian writer and photographer (b. 1893)
March 2 – Emily Carr, Canadian artist (b. 1871)
March 3 – Aleksandra Samusenko, Soviet WWII tank commander (b. 1922)
March 7 – Ralph Ignatowski, American WWII hero (killed in action) (b. 1926)
March 8 – Frederick Bligh Bond, British architect (b. 1864)
March 10 – Alexander Khatisian, Armenian politician and journalist, 2nd Prime Minister of Armenia (b. 1874)
March 12 – Friedrich Fromm, German Nazi official (executed) (b. 1888)
March 14 – Antônio Francisco Braga, Brazilian composer (b. 1868)
March 16 – Börries von Münchhausen, German poet (b. 1874)
March 18 – William Grover-Williams, French race car driver and war hero (b. 1903)
March 19 – Marcel Callo, French Roman Catholic layman, martyr and blessed (b. 1921)
March 23 – Élisabeth de Rothschild, French WWII heroine (b. 1902)
March 27 – Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil, Turkish author (b. 1867)
March 29 – Ferenc Csik, Hungarian swimmer (b. 1913)
Auguste van Pels, German-Jewish housemate of Anne Frank (b. 1900) (exact date unknown)
April 1 – Giuseppe Girotti, Italian Roman Catholic priest and blessed (killed in action) (b. 1905)
April 5 – Huldreich Georg Früh, Swiss composer (b. 1903)
April 12 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, American political leader and statesman, 32nd President of the United States (b. 1882)
April 13 – Ernst Cassirer, German philosopher (b. 1874)
April 16 – Ernst Bergmann, German philosopher (b. 1881)
April 17 – Franz Heritsch, Austrian geologist and paleontologist (b. 1882)
April 24 – Ernst-Robert Grawitz, German Reichsphysician (S.S. and Police) in the Third Reich (probable suicide) (b. 1899)
Franz Brantzky, German painter, sculptor and architecture (b. 1871)
Hermann Fegelein, German Nazi general (executed) (b. 1906)
Benito Mussolini, Italian politician and journalist, 27th Prime Minister of Italy and Duce of Fascism (executed) (b. 1883)
Clara Petacci, mistress of Benito Mussolini (executed) (b. 1912)
Nicola Bombacci, Italian Fascist politician (executed) (b. 1879)
Achille Starace, Italian Fascist politician (executed) (b. 1889)
Alessandro Pavolini, Italian Fascist politician (executed) (b. 1903)
Roberto Farinacci, Italian Fascist politician (executed) (b. 1892)
May 3 – Mario Blasich, Italian physician and politician (b. 1878)
May 4 – Fedor von Bock, German field marshal (killed in action) (b. 1880)
May 6 – Xhem Hasa, Albanian nationalist (b. 1908)
May 7 – Vladimir Boyarsky, Soviet army officer (b. 1901)
May 9 – Gustav Becking, German musician (b. 1894)
May 10 – Konrad Henlein, Sudeten German Nazi leader (suicide) (b. 1898)
May 11 – Kiyoshi Ogawa, Japanese kamikaze pilot (killed in action) (b. 1922)
May 16 – Kaju Sugiura, Japanese admiral (killed in action) (b. 1896)
May 17 – Bobby Hutchins, American child actor (b. 1925)
May 18 – William Joseph Simmons, American founder of the second Ku Klux Klan (b. 1880)
May 19 – Philipp Bouhler, German Nazi leader (suicide) (b. 1899)
May 23 – Heinrich Himmler, German head of the SS (suicide) (b. 1900)
May 24 – Robert Ritter von Greim, German field marshal (suicide) (b. 1892)
May 25 – Rafael Estrella Ureña, Dominican lawyer and politician, acting President of the Dominican Republic (b. 1889)
May 31 – Odilo Globocnik, Austrian Nazi leader (suicide) (b. 1904)
July 1 – Félix Evaristo Mejía, Dominican diplomat, educator and writer (b. 1866)
July 2 – Óscar R. Benavides, Peruvian field marshal, diplomat and politician, 2-time President of Peru (b. 1876)
July 5 – John Curtin, 14th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1885)
July 7 – Peter To Rot, Papuan Roman Catholic layman, martyr and blessed (b. 1912)
July 9 – Luigi Aldrovandi Marescotti, Italian politician and diplomat (b. 1876)
July 12 – Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, German field marshal (b. 1895)
July 13 – Alla Nazimova, Russian-born American actress (b. 1879)
July 16 – Addison Randall, American actor (b. 1906)
July 17 – Ernst Busch, German field marshal (b. 1885)
July 19 – George Barbier, American actor (b. 1864)
July 20 – Paul Valéry, French poet (b. 1871)
July 25 – Malin Craig, United States Army general (b. 1875)
July 28 – Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith (b. 1864)
July 29 – Maria Pierina De Micheli, Italian Roman Catholic religious sister, mystic and blessed (b. 1890)
July 31 – Artemio Ricarte, Filipino general (b. 1866)
August 1 – Blas Cabrera Felipe, Spanish physicist (b. 1878)
August 2 – Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (b. 1863)
August 3 – Roman Kochanowski, Polish painter and illustrator (b. 1857)
August 7 – Jacques Vaillant de Guélis, French WWII hero (b. 1907)
August 10 – Robert H. Goddard, American rocket scientist (b. 1882)
August 12 – Karl Leisner, German Roman Catholic priest and blessed (b. 1915)
August 16 – Takijirō Ōnishi, Japanese admiral ( seppuku) (b. 1891)
August 19 – Tomás Burgos, Chilean philanthropist (b. 1875)
August 22 – Mustafa Al-Maraghi, Egyptian reformer (b. 1881)
August 27 – Maria Pilar Izquierdo Albero, Spanish Roman Catholic religious professed and blessed (b. 1906)
August 29 – Fritz Pfleumer, German engineer and inventor (b. 1881)
August 30 – Florencio Harmodio Arosemena, 6th President of Panama (b. 1872)
October 1 – Walter Bradford Cannon, American physiology (b. 1871)
October 6 – Hans Vogel, Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) (b. 1881)
October 10 – Joseph Darnand, Vichy France politician (executed) (b. 1897)
October 12 – Dmytro Antonovych, Soviet politician (b. 1877)
October 13 – Milton S. Hershey, American chocolate tycoon (b. 1857)
October 15 – Pierre Laval, French politician, 2-time Prime Minister of France (executed) (b. 1883)
October 18 – Yoshiki Yahama, Japanese author (b. 1894)
October 21 – Henry Armetta, Italian actor (b. 1888)
October 24 – Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian collaborationist leader (executed) (b. 1887)
October 25 – Robert Ley, German Nazi politician (suicide) (b. 1890)
October 26 – Paul Pelliot, French explorer (b. 1878)
October 28 – Gilbert Emery, American actor (b. 1875)
November 7 – Gus Edwards, American songwriter (b. 1879)
November 8 – August von Mackensen, German field marshal (b. 1849)
November 11 – Jerome Kern, American composer (b. 1885)
November 16 – Sigurður Eggerz, Minister for Iceland during World War I and 2nd Prime Minister of Iceland (b. 1875)
November 17 – Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (b. 1882)
November 19 – Carlo Alberto Biggini, Italian Fascist politician (b. 1902)
November 20 – Francis William Aston, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1877)
November 22 – Irma Ingertha Gram, Norwegian historian (b. 1873)
November 23 – Charles Armijo Woodruff, 11th Governor of American Samoa (b. 1884)
November 25 – Doris Keane, American stage actress (b. 1881)
November 27 – Josep Maria Sert, Spanish Catalan muralist (b. 1874)
November 28 – Dwight F. Davis, American tennis player (b. 1879)
November 30 – Shigeru Honjō, Japanese general (suicide) (b. 1876)
December 1 – Anton Dostler, German general (executed) (b. 1891)
December 3 – George McKay, Soviet-born American actor (b. 1884)
December 4 – Thomas Hunt Morgan, American biologist, geneticist and embryologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology (b. 1866)
December 5 – Cosmo Lang, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1864)
December 8 – Gabriellino D'Annunzio, Italian actor, director and screenwriter (b. 1886)
December 12 – Prince Frederick of Schaumburg-Lippe (b. 1868)
December 21 – George S. Patton, American general (b. 1885)
December 22 – Otto Neurath, Austrian philosopher and political economist (b. 1892)
December 24 – Luis Chamizo Trigueros, Spanish writer (b. 1894)
December 28 – Theodore Dreiser, American author (b. 1871)
December 30 – Glenn Hunter, American actor (b. 1894)
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