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4641 or 4581
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乙酉年 (Wood Rooster)
4642 or 4582
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2071 or 1690 or 918
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2072 or 1691 or 919
1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1945th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 945th year of the 2nd millennium, the 45th year of the 20th century, and the 6th year of the 1940s decade.
Below, the events of World War II have the "WWII" prefix.
- January 1 – WWII:
- January 6 – WWII: A German offensive recaptures Esztergom, Hungary from the Russians.
- 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 Führerbunker in Berlin.
- January 17
- January 18 – The Holocaust: The SS begins the 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.
- January 19 – The Holocaust: Soviet forces liberate the Łódź Ghetto; only 877 Jews of the initial population of 164,000 remain at this time.
- January 20
- January 21–22 (night) – At the Grünhagen railroad station, located in East Prussia at this date, two trains, heading for Elbing, collide. At dawn the station is reached by Soviet Army infantry and tanks which destroy the station, killing between 140 and 150 people.
- January 23 – WWII:
- Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.
- German Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz orders the start of Operation Hannibal, the mass evacuation by sea of German troops and civilians from the Courland Pocket, East Prussia and the Polish Corridor, evacuating an estimated 800,000-900,000 German civilians and 350,000 soldiers from advancing Soviet forces.
- Evacuation of Germans from Grünhagen.
- 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: 19-year-old U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Audie Murphy sees action at Holtzwihr, France, for which is awarded the Medal of Honor.
- January 27 – The Holocaust: The Soviet Red Army liberates the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps.
- January 30 – WWII:
- MV Wilhelm Gustloff, with over 10,000 mainly civilian Germans from Gotenhafen (Gdynia) is sunk in Gdańsk Bay by three torpedoes from Soviet submarine S-13 in the Baltic Sea; up to 9,400, 5,000 of whom are children, are thought to have died – the greatest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history.
- Raid at Cabanatuan: 121 American soldiers and 800 Filipino guerrillas free 813 American prisoners of war from the Japanese-held camp in the city of Cabanatuan, in the Philippines.
- Adolf Hitler makes his last public speech, on broadcast radio, expressing the belief that Germany will triumph.
- January 31 – WWII: The Battle of Hill 170 in the Burma Campaign ends with the British 3rd Commando Brigade defeating the Imperial Japanese Army 54th Division, causing the Japanese Twenty-Eighth Army to withdraw from the Arakan Peninsula.
- February–Raymond L. Libby of American Cyanamid's research laboratories, at Stamford, Connecticut, announces a method of orally administering the antibiotic penicillin.
- February 3 – WWII:
- Battle of Manila: United States forces enter the outskirts of Manila to capture it from the Japanese Imperial Army, starting the battle. On February 4, U.S. Army forces liberate Santo Tomas Internment Camp in the city.
- The Soviet Union agrees to enter the Pacific War against Japan, once hostilities against Germany are concluded.
- 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 7 – WWII: General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila.
- February 8 – The Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, championed by charismatic native leader Elizabeth Peratrovich, is passed by the territorial Senate, after the legislature defeated a previous bill in 1943.
- February 9
- February 10 – WWII: The troopship SS General von Steuben is sunk by the Soviet submarine S-13; 3,608 drown.
- February 10–20 – WWII: Operation Kita: The Imperial Japanese Navy returns "Completion Force", containing both its Ise-class battleships, safely from Singapore to Kure in Japan despite Allied attacks.
- February 13 – WWII:
- February 16 – WWII:
- February 19–20 – 980 (Actual figure is disputed) Japanese soldiers die as a result of being attacked 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:
- Italian Front: The Battle of Monte Castello ends, after nearly three months of fighting, Brazilian troops expel German forces from a pivot point in the (Tuscan) North Apennines, where their artillery was impeding the advance of Eighth British Army toward Bologna.
- Uruguay declares war on Germany and Japan.
- 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, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima (taken by Joe Rosenthal), later wins a Pulitzer Prize.
- The 11th Airborne Division, with Filipino guerrillas, free 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.
- The German garrison in Poznań capitulates to Red Army and Polish troops.
- Bombing of Pforzheim: The heaviest of a series of bombing raids on Pforzheim, 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 side of the Allies.
- February 24 – Egyptian Premier Ahmad Mahir Pasha is assassinated in Parliament after declaring war on Germany and Japan.
- February 27 – The Bombing of Mainz results in 1,209 confirmed dead; 80% of the city is destroyed.
- 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 2
- Former U.S. Vice-president Henry A. Wallace starts his term of office as United States Secretary of Commerce, serving under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- The rocket-propelled Bachem Ba 349 Natter is first test launched at Stetten am kalten Markt. The launch fails and the pilot, Lothar Sieber, dies.
- March 3 – WWII:
- Finland declares war on the Axis powers.
- United States and Filipino troops take Manila, Philippines.
- Pawłokoma massacre: A Polish Home Army unit massacres between 150 and 500 Ukrainian civilians in the Polish village of Pawłokoma.
- Bombing of the Bezuidenhout: The British Royal Air Force accidentally bombs the Bezuidenhout neighbourhood in The Hague, Netherlands, killing 511 people.
- March 4 - In the United Kingdom, Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), joins the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) as a truck driver/mechanic.
- March 5 – WWII: Brazilian troops take Castelnuovo (Vergato), in the last operations of the Allied Spring 1945 offensive in Italy.
- March 6
- March 7 – WWII: At the end of Operation Lumberjack, American troops seize the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine at Remagen, Germany and begin to cross; in the next 10 days, 25,000 troops with equipment are able to cross.
- March 8
- Josip Broz Tito forms a Provisional Government of the Democratic Federal Yugoslavia, in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
- Nazi authorities kill 117 Dutch men, in reprisal for the attempted murder of Hanns Albin Rauter.
- Operation Sunrise: Waffen-SS General Karl Wolff meets with Allen Welsh Dulles of the United States Office of Strategic Services at Lucerne, Switzerland, to negotiate the surrender of the Axis forces in Italy to the Allies.
- March 9–10 – WWII: Bombing of Tokyo: USAAF B-29 bombers attack Tokyo, Japan, with incendiary bombs, killing 100,000 citizens in the firebombing. It is the single most destructive air attack of World War II.
- March 11
- 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:
- 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:
- March 21 – WWII:
- March 22
- March 24
- March 26 – WWII: The Battle of Iwo Jima officially ends, with the destruction of the remaining areas of Japanese resistance.
- March 27 – WWII:
- March 29
- March 30 – WWII:
- April 1 – WWII: Battle of Okinawa: The Tenth United States Army lands on Okinawa.
- April 4 – WWII:
- April 6 – WWII:
- Sarajevo is liberated from Nazi Germany and the Independent State of Croatia (a fascist puppet state), by Yugoslav Partisans.
- The Battle of Slater's Knoll on Bougainville Island concludes, with a decisive victory for the Australian Army's 7th Brigade.
- Allied forces reach Merkers Salt Mines in Thuringia, where gold reserves of the Nazi German Reichsbank are stored.
- April 7 – WWII:
- The only flight of the German ramming unit known as Sonderkommando Elbe takes place, resulting in the loss of some 24 B-17s and B-24s of the United States Eighth Air Force.
- Japanese battleship Yamato and nine other warships take part in Operation Ten-Go, a suicide attack on Allied forces engaged in the Battle of Okinawa. Yamato is sunk by U.S. Navy aircraft in the East China Sea 200 miles (320 km) north of Okinawa with the loss of 2,055 of 2,332 crew, together with five other Japanese warships.
- Kantarō Suzuki becomes Prime Minister of Japan.
- 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 9
- WWII: The Battle of Königsberg, in East Prussia, ends with Soviet forces capturing the city.
- Abwehr conspirators Wilhelm Canaris, Hans Oster and Hans von Dohnányi are hanged at Flossenberg concentration camp, along with pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
- Johann Georg Elser, would-be assassin of Adolf Hitler, is executed at Dachau concentration camp.
- 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 12
- Vice President Harry S. Truman is sworn in as the 33rd President of the United States, and that evening in the White House, following the sudden death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt earlier in the day.
- WWII: The U.S. Ninth Army under General William H. Simpson crosses the Elbe River astride Magdeburg, and reaches Tangermünde — only 50 miles from Berlin.
- 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.
- Razing of Friesoythe: The 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division deliberately destroys the German town of Friesoythe, on the orders of Major General Christopher Vokes.
- April 15 – WWII:
- April 16 – WWII:
- The Battle of Berlin begins, opening with the Battle of the Oder–Neisse and the Battle of the Seelow Heights.
- Canadian forces take Harlingen and occupy Leeuwarden and Groningen in the Netherlands.
- MV Goya is sunk by Soviet submarine L-3 in the Baltic Sea while evacuating German troops and civilians as part of Operation Hannibal; 7,000–8,000 drown.
- Death marches from Flossenbürg concentration camp begin.
- 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 Carousel, a musical play based on Ferenc Molnár's Liliom, opens on Broadway, and becomes their second long-running stage classic.
- April 20 – WWII: On his 56th birthday, Adolf Hitler leaves his Führerbunker, to decorate a group of 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:
- 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
- April 25–26 – WWII: The last major strategic bombing raid by RAF Bomber Command, the destruction of the oil refinery at Tønsberg in southern Norway, is carried out by 107 Avro Lancasters.
- April 26 – WWII:
- Battle of Bautzen: The last "successful" German panzer-offensive in Bautzen ends with the city recaptured.
- The British 3rd Infantry Division, under General Whistler, captures Bremen.
- Nazi surrenders mean the British and Canadians now control the German border with Switzerland, from Basle to Lake Constance.
- April 27
- The last German formations withdraw from Finland to Norway. The Lapland War and thus, World War II in Finland, comes to an end and the Raising the Flag on the Three-Country Cairn photograph is taken.
- U.S. Ordnance troops find the coffins of Frederick William I of Prussia, Frederick the Great, Paul von Hindenburg, and his wife, in a salt mine in Germany.
- April 28
- April 29
- At the royal palace in Caserta, Lieutenant-Colonel Viktor von Schweinitz (representing General Heinrich von Vietinghoff) and SS-Obersturmbannführer Eugen Wenner (representing Waffen-SS General Karl Wolff) sign an unconditional instrument of surrender for all Axis powers forces in Italy, taking effect on May 2. Italian General Rodolfo Graziani orders the Esercito Nazionale Repubblicano forces under his command to lay down their arms.
- Dachau concentration camp is surrendered to U.S. forces, who kill SS guards at the camp and the nearby hamlet of Webling.
- Brazilian forces liberate the commune of Fornovo di Taro, Italy, from German forces.
- Operation Manna: British Avro Lancaster bombers drop food into the Netherlands to prevent the starvation of the civilian population.
- Soviet soldiers hoist the Red flag over the Reich Chancellery in Berlin.
- Adolf Hitler marries his longtime mistress Eva Braun, in a closed civil ceremony in the Berlin Führerbunker, and signs his last will and testament.
- 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.
- May – Interpol (being headquartered in Berlin) effectively ceases to exist (it is recreated on June 3, 1946).
- May 1 – WWII:
- Reichssender Hamburg's Flensburg radio station announces that Hitler has died in battle, "fighting up to his last breath against Bolshevism."
- Joseph Goebbels and his wife Magda commit suicide, after killing their six children. Karl Dönitz appoints Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk as the new Chancellor of Germany, in the Flensburg Government.
- Troops of the Yugoslav 4th Army, together with the Slovene 9th Corpus NOV, enter Trieste.
- Mass suicide in Demmin: An estimated 700–2,500 suicides take place, after 80% of the town has been destroyed by the Soviets during the past three days.
- May 2 – WWII:
- The Soviet Union announces the fall of Berlin.
- Lübeck is liberated by the British Army.
- The surrender of Axis troops in Italy comes into effect.
- A Holocaust death march from Dachau to the Austrian border is halted under two kilometers west of Waakirchen by the segregated, all-Nisei 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army in southern Bavaria, saving several hundred prisoners.
- Troops of the New Zealand Army 2nd Division enter Trieste a day after the Yugoslavs; the German Army in Trieste surrenders to the New Zealand Army.
- Following the death or resignation of the Hitler Cabinet in Germany, the Schwerin von Krosigk cabinet first meets.
- Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg is evacuated at about this date.
- Expatriate American poet Ezra Pound is arrested by the Italian resistance movement but soon released by them as of no interest; on May 5 he turns himself in to the United States Army and is imprisoned as a traitor.
- May 3 – WWII:
- The prison ships Cap Arcona (5,000 dead), Thielbek (2,750 dead) and Deutschland (all survive) are sunk by the British Royal Air Force in Lübeck Bay.
- Rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and 120 members of his team surrender to U.S. forces (later going on to help start the U.S. space program).
- German Protestant theologian Gerhard Kittel is arrested by the French forces in Tübingen, Germany.
- May 4 – WWII:
- German surrender at Lüneburg Heath: All German armed forces in northwest Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands surrender unconditionally to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, effective on May 5 at 08:00 hours British Double (and German) Summer Time.
- The Netherlands is liberated by British and Canadian troops.
- Denmark is liberated.
- Admiral Karl Dönitz orders all U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to bases in Norway.
- The Holy Crown of Hungary is found in Mattsee, Austria, by the United States Army 86th Infantry Division. The U.S. government keeps the crown in Fort Knox for safekeeping from the Soviets until it is returned to Hungary on January 6 1978.
- German auxiliary cruiser Orion is sunk on her way to Copenhagen carrying refugees, with a loss of over 3,800 lives.
- May 5 – WWII:
- Prague uprising: Prague rises up against occupying Nazi forces.
- The US 11th Armored Division liberates the prisoners of Mauthausen concentration camp, including Simon Wiesenthal.
- Canadian soldiers liberate the city of Amsterdam from Nazi occupation.
- A Japanese fire balloon kills six people, Elsie Mitchell and five children, near Bly, Oregon, when it explodes as they drag it from the woods. These are the only people killed by an enemy attack on the American mainland during WWII.
- May 6
- 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, but is captured in the Bleiburg repatriations that then leads to mass executions.
- May 7 – WWII:
- At 02:41, General Alfred Jodl signs the unconditional German Instrument of Surrender in SHAEF HQ at Reims, France, to end Germany's participation in the war. Surrender is effective on May 8 at 23:01 hours Central European Time (00:01 hours May 9 German Summer Time).
- Numerous RAF Lancasters land in Germany to repatriate British prisoners of war. Some 4,500 ex-POWs are flown back to Great Britain over the next 24 hours.
- May 8 – WWII:
- Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) is observed by the western European powers as Nazi Germany surrenders, marking the end of WWII in Europe.
- Shortly before midnight (May 9 Moscow time) the final German Instrument of Surrender is signed at the seat of the Soviet Military Administration in Berlin-Karlshorst, attended by Allied representatives.
- Canadian troops move into Amsterdam, after German troops surrender.
- The surrender of the Dodecanese is signed in Symi.
- The Eighth British Army, together with Slovene partisan troops and a motorized detachment of the Yugoslav 4th Army, arrives in Carinthia and Klagenfurt. The Croatian Armed Forces of the Independent State of Croatia are ordered by their commanders not to surrender to the Yugoslav Partisans, but to attempt to retreat to Austria and surrender to the British, part of the events leading to the Bleiburg repatriations.
- 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:
- The Soviet Union marks VE Day as the Red Army enters Prague.
- Hermann Göring surrenders to the United States Army near Radstadt.
- Vidkun Quisling and other members of the collaborationist Quisling regime in Norway surrender to the Resistance (Milorg) and police at Møllergata 19 in Oslo, as part of the legal purge in Norway after World War II.
- General Alexander Löhr, Commander of German Army Group E near Topolšica, Slovenia, signs the capitulation of German occupation troops.
- German occupation of Guernsey and Jersey ends with their liberation by the Royal Navy as HMS Bulldog arrives in St Peter Port and HMS Beagle in St Helier.
- May 10 – WWII: German occupation of Sark ends, with its liberation by the Royal Navy.
- May 12 – Argentinian labour leader José Peter declares the Meat Industry Workers Federation dissolved.
- 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 – WWII: German occupation of Alderney ends, with its liberation by the Royal Navy.
- May 23
- The Flensburg Government is dissolved by the Allies, and German President Karl Dönitz and German Chancellor Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk are arrested by British RAF Regiment personnel at Flensburg. They are respectively the last German Head of state and Head of government until 1949.
- Heinrich Himmler, former head of the Nazi SS, commits suicide in British custody.
- May 28 – U.S.-born Irish-raised William Joyce ("Lord Haw-Haw") is captured on the German border. He is later charged in London with high treason for his English-language wartime broadcasts from German radio, convicted, and then hanged in January 1946.
- May 29
- May 30 – The Iranian government demands that all Soviet and British troops leave the country.
- June 1 – The British take over Lebanon and Syria.
- June 5 – The Allied Control Council, the military occupation governing body of Germany, formally takes power.
- June 7 – King Haakon VII of Norway returns to Norway five years to the day after leaving for exile in Britain.
- June 11
- William Lyon Mackenzie King is re-elected as Canadian prime minister.
- The Franck Committee recommends against a surprise nuclear bombing of Japan.
- June 12 – The Yugoslav Army leaves Trieste, leaving the New Zealand Army in control.
- June 21 – WWII: The Battle of Okinawa ends, with U.S. occupation of the island until 1972.
- June 24 – WWII: A victory parade is held in Red Square in Moscow.
- June 25 – Seán T. O'Kelly is elected the second President of Ireland.
- June 26 – The United Nations Charter is signed.
- June 29 – Czechoslovakia cedes Carpathian Ruthenia to the Soviet Union.
- June 30 – John von Neumann's First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC is distributed, containing the first published description of the logical design of a computer, with stored-program and instruction data stored in the same address space within the memory (von Neumann architecture).
- July 1
- WWII: Germany is divided between the Allied occupation forces.
- July 2 – The 1945 Sheikh Bashir Rebellion breaks out in Burao and Erigavo in British Somaliland, led by Sheikh Bashir, a Somali religious leader.
- July 4 – Brazilian cruiser Bahia is sunk by an accidentally induced explosion, killing more than 300 and stranding the survivors in shark-infested waters.
- July 5
- The 1945 United Kingdom general election is held, though some constituencies delay their polls for local holiday reasons. Counting of votes and declaration of results are delayed until July 26 to allow for voting by the large number of service personnel still overseas.
- John Curtin, 14th Prime Minister of Australia, dies in office from heart failure at the age of 60. He is briefly replaced by his deputy Frank Forde, who serves as the 15th Prime Minister until a Labor Party leadership election is held to replace Curtin.
- WWII: The Philippines are declared liberated.
- July 6–7 – Schio massacre: 54 prisoners, mostly fascist sympathisers, are killed by members of the Italian resistance movement in Schio.
- July 8 – WWII: Harry S. Truman is informed that Japan will talk peace if it can retain the reign of the Emperor.
- 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 retains his post as Deputy Leader.
- July 14 – WWII: Italy declares war on Japan.
- July 16
- 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.
- 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 drop a total of 60,000 leaflets on the city of Aomori, Japan, warning civilians of an air raid and urging them to leave immediately.
- July 28
- July 29
- July 30 – WWII: Heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis is hit and sunk by torpedoes from the Japanese submarine I-58 in the 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; in 2000, he is posthumously exonerated.
- August 6 – WWII: Atomic bombing of Hiroshima: United States Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay drops a uranium-235 atomic bomb, codenamed "Little Boy", on the Japanese city of Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m. local time, resulting in between 90,000 and 146,000 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 Augusta (CA-31), in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
- August 8
- The 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:
- Atomic bombing of Nagasaki: United States B-29 Bockscar drops a plutonium-239 atomic bomb, codenamed "Fat Man", on the Japanese city of Nagasaki at 11:02 a.m. local time, resulting in between 39,000 and 80,000 deaths.
- The Soviet–Japanese War opens: The Soviet Union begins its army offensive against Japan, in the northern part of the Japanese-held Chinese region of Manchuria.
- August 10 – WWII: Japan offers to surrender to the Allies, "provided this does not prejudice the sovereignty of the Emperor".
- August 11
- August 11–25 – Soviet troops complete the occupation of Sakhalin.
- August 13 – The Zionist World Congress approaches the British government to discuss the founding of the country of Israel.
- August 14 – WWII: Emperor Hirohito accepts the terms of the Potsdam Declaration. His recorded announcement of this is smuggled out of the Tokyo Imperial Palace. At 19:00 hrs in Washington, D.C. (23:00 GMT), U.S. President Harry S. Truman announces the Japanese surrender.
- August 15
- Bombing of Kumagaya, Japan, by the United States using conventional bombs, beginning at 00:23.
- Hirohito surrender broadcast (Gyokuon-hōsō): Emperor Hirohito's announcement of the unconditional surrender of Japan is broadcast on the radio a little after noon (12:00 Japan Standard Time is 03:00 GMT). This is probably the first time an Emperor of Japan has been heard by the common people. Delivered in formal classical Japanese, without directly referring to surrender and following official censorship of the country's weak position, the recorded speech is not immediately easily understood by ordinary people. The Allies call this day Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day). This ends the period of Japanese expansionism, and begins the period of the Occupation of Japan. Korea gains independence.
- The August Revolution in Vietnam begins, with the Viet Minh taking over the capital Hanoi, taking advantage of the collapse of Japanese power.
- The Provisional International Civil Aviation Organization is founded, as a specialized agency of the United Nations.
- August 17
- Philippines President José P. Laurel issues an Executive Proclamation putting an end to the Second Philippine Republic, thus ending his term as President of the Philippines.
- Proclamation of Indonesian Independence: Indonesian nationalists Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta declare the independence of the Republic of Indonesia, with Sukarno as president and Mohammad Hatta as vice-president, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.
- August 18 – WWII: Death of Subhas Chandra Bose: Indian nationalist leader Subhas Chandra Bose is killed as a result of his overloaded Japanese plane crashing in Japanese Taiwan.
- 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 25 – Bảo Đại abdicates as Emperor of Vietnam, ending 2,000 years of dynastic and monarchic rule in the country and 143 years of the Nguyễn dynasty.
- August 30 – WWII: Vietnam's capital Hanoi is taken 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.
- August 31
- WWII: Allied troops arrest German field marshal Walther von Brauchitsch.
- A team at American Cyanamid's Lederle Laboratories, Pearl River, New York, led by Yellapragada Subbarow, announces they have obtained folic acid in a pure crystalline form. This vitamin is abundant in green leaf vegetables, liver, kidney, and yeast.
- September 2 – World War II ends:
- Japanese general 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 Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
- General Douglas MacArthur is given the title of Supreme Commander Allied Powers, and is also tasked with the occupation of Japan.
- The Democratic Republic of Vietnam is officially established, by Ho Chi Minh.
- September 4 – WWII: Japanese forces surrender on Wake Island, after hearing word of their country's surrender.
- September 5
- Iva Toguri D'Aquino, a Japanese American suspected of being wartime radio propagandist "Tokyo Rose", is arrested in Yokohama.
- Russian code clerk Igor Gouzenko comes forward with numerous documents, implicating the Soviet Union in many spy rings in North America, both in the United States and in Canada.
- September 8 – U.S. 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 11
- September 12 – The Japanese Army formally surrenders to the British in Singapore.
- September 18
- September 20 – Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru demand that all British troops depart India.
- September 24 – Anti-Jewish violence in Central and Eastern Europe, 1944–46: The Topoľčany pogrom is carried out in Slovakia.
- October – Arthur C. Clarke puts forward the idea of a geosynchronous communications satellite, in a Wireless World magazine article.
- October 1–15 – Operation Backfire: Three A4 rockets are launched near Cuxhaven, in a demonstration to Allied forces.
- October 2 – George Albert Smith becomes president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- October 4 – The Partizan Belgrade sports club is founded in Belgrade, Serbia.
- October 5 – Hollywood Black Friday: A strike by the Set Decorator's Union in Hollywood results in a riot.
- October 8–15 – Hadamar Trial: Personnel of the Hadamar Euthanasia Centre, now in the American zone of Allied-occupied Germany, are the first to be tried for systematic extermination in Nazi Germany.
- October 9 – Former prime minister Pierre Laval is sentenced to death, for collaboration with the Nazis in Vichy France.
- October 10 – The Nazi Party is dissolved by the Allied Powers.
- October 14 – Czechoslovakia: A new provisional national assembly is elected.
- October 15–21 – The Fifth Pan-African Congress is held in Manchester.
- October 16 – The Food and Agriculture Organization is established at a meeting in Quebec City, as a specialized agency of the United Nations.
- October 17 – A massive number of people, headed for the General Confederation of Labour (Argentina), gather in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires to demand Juan Perón's release. This is known to the Peronists as the Día de la lealtad (Loyalty Day) and considered the founding day of Peronism.
- October 18 – Isaías Medina Angarita, president of Venezuela, is overthrown by a military coup.
- October 19 – Members of the Indonesian People's Army attack Anglo-Dutch forces in Indonesia.
- October 20 – Mongolians vote for independence from China.
- October 21 – Women's suffrage: Women are allowed to vote in the French Legislative Election for the first time.
- October 22 – Rómulo Betancourt is named provisional president of Venezuela.
- October 24
- October 25
- October 27–November 20 – Indonesian National Revolution: Battle of Surabaya – Pro-independence Indonesian soldiers and militia fight British and British Indian troops in Surabaya.
- October 29
- October 30 – The undivided country of India joins the United Nations.
- November 1
- November 5 – Colombia joins the United Nations.
- November 6 – Indonesians reject an offer of autonomy from the Dutch.
- November 9 – Soo Bahk Do and Moo Duk Kwan martial arts are founded in Korea.
- November 10 – Indonesian National Revolution: Battle of Surabaya – Following the killing of British officer Brigadier A. W. S. Mallaby on October 30, the British Indian Army (in support of its allied Dutch colonial administration) begins an advance on Surabaya in the Dutch East Indies against Indonesian nationalists; although most of the city is retaken in 3 days of heavy fighting, the strength of the resistance leads to today being celebrated as Heroes' Day (Hari Pahlawan) in Indonesia.
- November 11 – 1945 Yugoslavian parliamentary election: Marshal Josip Broz Tito and the People's Front win a decisive majority (90%) in the Yugoslavian Assembly.
- November 15
- November 16
- Charles de Gaulle is unanimously elected president of France by the provisional government.
- The United States controversially imports 88 German scientists to help in the production of rocket technology.
- The foundation of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is agreed at a meeting in London.
- November 18 – The Tudeh party starts a bloodless coup, and will form Azerbaijan within days. Soviet troops prevent Iranian troops from getting involved.
- November 20 – The Nuremberg trials begin: Trials against 22 Nazis for war crimes of World War II start at the Palace of Justice, Nuremberg.
- November 26 – U.S. Ambassador to China Patrick J. Hurley resigns after he is unable to broker a deal between Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Tse-tung.
- November 28
- November 29
- The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is declared (this day is celebrated as Republic Day until the 1990s). Marshal Tito is named president.
- Assembly of the world's first general purpose electronic computer, the Electronic Numerical Integrator Analyzer and Computer (ENIAC), is completed in the United States, covering 1,800 square feet (170 m2) of floor space, and the first set of calculations is run on it.
- December 2
- December 3 – Communist demonstrations in Athens presage the Greek Civil War.
- December 4 – The United States Senate approves the entry of the United States into the United Nations by a vote of 65–7.
- December 5 – A flight of United States Navy Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bombers (known as Flight 19) disappears on a training exercise from Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale.
- December 9 – American General George S. Patton is involved in a car accident in Germany, resulting in his death on December 21.
- December 27 – Twenty-one nations ratify the articles creating the World Bank.
- A team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (led by Charles Coryell) discovers chemical element 61, the only one still missing between 1 and 96 on the periodic table, which they will name promethium. Found by analysis of fission products of irradiated uranium fuel, its discovery is not made public until 1947.
- The first geothermal milk pasteurization is done in Klamath Falls, Oregon, United States.
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- January 1
- January 3 – Stephen Stills, American rock singer-songwriter (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
- January 4
- January 5
- January 7 – Shulamith Firestone, Canadian American feminist, writer (d. 2012)
- January 10 – Rod Stewart, British rock singer
- January 12 – André Bicaba, Burkinabé sprinter
- January 14 – Einar Hákonarson, Icelandic painter
- January 15
- January 17 – Javed Akhtar, Indian political activist, poet, lyricist and screenwriter
- January 20 – Robert Olen Butler, American writer
- January 21
- January 24 – Subhash Ghai, Indian film director, producer and screenwriter
- January 25 – Leigh Taylor-Young, American actress
- January 26
- January 27 – Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader, writer and lawyer (d. 2005)
- January 28
- January 29
- January 31 – Joseph Kosuth, American artist
- February 1 – Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese professional baseball player (d. 2019)
- February 3
- February 4
- John P. Jumper, Retired United States Air Force general
- February 5 – Sarah Weddington, American attorney (d. 2021)
- February 6 – Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1981)
- February 7 – Gerald Davies, Welsh rugby player
- February 9
- February 10 – Koo Bon-moo, South Korean business executive (d. 2018)
- February 12
- February 13 – Simon Schama, English historian
- February 14
- February 15 – Douglas Hofstadter, American cognitive scientist
- February 16
- February 17 – Brenda Fricker, Irish actress
- February 18 – Hashem Mahameed, Israeli politician (d. 2018)
- February 22 – Oliver, American singer (Good Morning Starshine) (d. 2000)
- February 24 – Barry Bostwick, American actor
- February 25 – Roy Saari, American swimmer (d. 2008)
- February 26 – Marta Kristen, Norwegian actress (Lost In Space)
- February 27 – Carl Anderson, American singer, actor (Jesus Christ Superstar) (d. 2004)
- February 28 – Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (d. 2011)
- March 1 – Dirk Benedict, American actor
- March 3 – George Miller, Australian film director
- March 4
- March 7 – Arthur Lee, American musician (d. 2006)
- March 8
- March 9
- March 10 – Nobuhiko Higashikuni, Japanese Imperial prince (d. 2019)
- March 13
- March 14 – Michael Martin Murphey, American country singer-songwriter
- March 17 – Katri Helena, Finnish singer
- March 18
- March 20
- March 21 – Charles Greene, American Olympic athlete (d. 2022)
- March 26 – Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast (d. 2004)
- March 27 – Władysław Stachurski, Polish football player, manager (d. 2013)
- March 28
- March 29
- March 30 – Eric Clapton, English rock guitarist
- March 31
- April 2
- April 4 – Daniel Cohn-Bendit, French political activist
- April 5
- April 11 – Christian Quadflieg, German actor
- April 12 – Lee Jong-wook, South Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization (d. 2006)
- April 13
- April 14
- April 20 – Naftali Temu, Kenyan Olympic long-distance runner (d. 2003)
- April 21 – Ana Lúcia Torre, Brazilian actress
- April 24 – Larry Tesler, American computer scientist (d. 2020)
- April 25 – Björn Ulvaeus, Swedish rock songwriter (ABBA)
- April 29 – Tammi Terrell, African-American soul singer (d. 1970)
- April 30 – Lara Saint Paul, Eritrean-born Italian singer (d. 2018)
- May 1 – Rita Coolidge, American pop singer
- May 3 – Jeffrey C. Hall, American geneticist and chronobiologist, Nobel Prize laureate
- May 4
- May 6 – Bob Seger, American rock singer
- May 7 – Robin Strasser, American actress
- May 8 – Keith Jarrett, American musician
- May 9 – Jupp Heynckes, German footballer and manager
- 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 17 – Tony Roche, Australian tennis player
- May 19 – Pete Townshend, English rock guitarist, lyricist (The Who)
- May 21
- May 22 – Victoria Wyndham, American actress (Another World)
- May 23
- May 24 – Priscilla Presley, American actress, businesswoman
- May 28
- May 29
- May 30
- May 31
- June 1 – Frederica von Stade, American mezzo-soprano
- June 2 – Jon Peters, American film producer
- June 3 – Hale Irwin, American professional golfer
- June 4 – Anthony Braxton, American composer and musical instrumentalist
- June 5
- June 6 – David Dukes, American actor (d. 2000)
- June 7 – Wolfgang Schüssel, Chancellor of Austria
- June 9 – Nike Wagner, German woman of the theater
- June 10 – Benny Gallagher, Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, half of duo Gallagher and Lyle
- June 11 – Adrienne Barbeau, American actress, television personality and author (Maude)
- June 12 – Pat Jennings, Northern Irish footballer
- June 14 – Jörg Immendorff, German painter
- June 15
- June 16
- June 17
- June 19
- June 20 – Anne Murray, Canadian singer
- June 21
- June 22
- June 23
- June 24
- June 25
- Baba Gana Kingibe, Nigerian politician
- Mohammed Bakar, Malaysian footballer
- Chaiyasit Shinawatra, commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army
- Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, American politician
- Guillermo Mendoza, Mexican cyclist
- Carly Simon, American singer-songwriter (You're So Vain)
- Lali Armengol, Spanish playwright, professor and theater director
- June 26 – Paul Chun, Hong Kong actor
- June 27
- June 28 – Raul Seixas, Brazilian rock singer (d. 1989)
- June 29 – Chandrika Kumaratunga, 5th President of Sri Lanka
- June 30
- July 1
- July 2 – Linda Warren, American author
- July 3 – Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwean musician
- July 4
- July 5
- July 6 – Burt Ward, American actor (Batman)
- July 7
- July 8 – Micheline Calmy-Rey, Swiss Federal Councilor
- July 9
- July 10
- July 11 – Richard Wesley, American playwright, screenwriter
- July 12
- July 13
- July 14 – Antun Vujić, Croatian politician, philosopher, political analyst, lexicographer and author
- July 15
- July 16
- July 17
- July 19
- July 20
- July 21
- July 24 – Azim Premji, Indian businessman
- July 26
- July 28 – Jim Davis, American cartoonist (Garfield)
- July 30
- August 1 – Douglas D. Osheroff, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
- August 4 – Alan Mulally, American businessman, CEO of the Ford Motor Company
- August 5 – Loni Anderson, American actress (WKRP in Cincinnati)
- August 9 – Posy Simmonds, English cartoonist
- August 12 – J. D. McClatchy, American poet and literary critic (d. 2018)
- August 14
- August 15
- August 19 – Ian Gillan, English rock singer (Deep Purple)
- August 22
- 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
- August 31
- September 1 – Mustafa Balel, Turkish writer
- September 5
- September 6 – Victor Ramahatra, 5th Prime Minister of Madagascar
- September 7 – Jacques Lemaire, Canadian ice hockey coach
- September 8
- September 10 – José Feliciano, Puerto Rican-American singer ("Feliz Navidad")
- September 11 – Franz Beckenbauer, German footballer, coach
- September 12 – Richard Thaler, American economist
- September 14 – Benjamin Harjo Jr., Native American artist
- September 15 – Jessye Norman, American soprano (d. 2019)
- September 16 – Pat Stevens, American voice actress (d. 2010)
- September 17
- September 18
- September 21
- September 22 – Gonzaguinha, Brazilian singer, composer (d. 1991)
- September 24 – John Rutter, English choral composer, conductor
- 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
- September 30
- October 1
- October 2
- October 3 – Viktor Saneyev, Soviet athlete (d. 2022)
- October 6 – Ivan Graziani, Italian singer-songwriter (d. 1997)
- October 9
- October 12
- October 18
- October 19
- October 22 – Yvan Ponton, Canadian actor, sportscaster
- October 23 – Kim Larsen, Danish rock musician (d. 2018)
- October 24
- October 25
- October 26
- October 27
- October 29
- October 30 – Henry Winkler, American actor, producer and director (Happy Days)
- November 3 – Gerd Müller, German footballer (d. 2021)
- November 5 – Jacques Lanctôt, Canadian terrorist
- November 7
- November 9 – Charlie Robinson, African-American actor (d. 2021)
- November 11 – Daniel Ortega, 58th and 62nd President of Nicaragua
- November 12 – Neil Young, Canadian singer-songwriter, musician
- November 15 – Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Norwegian-born rock singer (ABBA)
- November 17
- November 18
- November 21 – Goldie Hawn, American actress
- November 22 – Kari Tapio, Finnish singer (d. 2010)
- November 23 – Dennis Nilsen, Scottish serial killer (d. 2018)
- November 24 – Nuruddin Farah, Somali novelist
- November 25 – Mary Jo Deschanel, American actress
- November 26 – John McVie, English rock musician (Fleetwood Mac)
- November 27
- November 30
- December 1 – Bette Midler, American actress, comedian and singer
- December 2 – Charles "Tex" Watson, American multiple murderer, 'Manson Family' member
- December 3 – Bozhidar Dimitrov, Bulgarian historian, politician and polemicist (d. 2018)
- December 4 – Geoff Emerick, English recording engineer (d. 2018)
- December 7 – Clive Russell, English actor
- December 8 – Julie Heldman, American tennis player
- December 11 – Sharafuddin of Selangor, Sultan of Selangor
- December 12
- December 13
- December 15
- December 16 – Patti Deutsch, American voice actress (d. 2017)
- December 17 – Ernie Hudson, African-American actor
- December 18 – Carolyn Wood, American professional swimmer
- December 19 – Elaine Joyce, American actress, game show panelist
- December 20
- December 21 – Mari Lill, Estonian actress
- December 22 – Diane Sawyer, American news journalist
- December 23 – Donald A. Ritchie, American historian
- December 24
- December 25 – Noel Redding, English musician (d. 2003)
- December 30 – Davy Jones, English-born pop singer, actor (The Monkees) (d. 2012)
- December 31
- January 2 – Sir Bertram Ramsay, British admiral (b. 1883)
- January 3 – Edgar Cayce, American mystic (b. 1877)
- January 4 – Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno, 3-time President of Costa Rica (b. 1859)
- January 6
- January 7
- January 9 – 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 José Abad Santos (b. 1876)
- January 16 – José Fabella, Filipino physician (b. 1889)
- January 19
- January 20 – Federico Pedrocchi, Italian artist, writer (killed on active service) (b. 1907)
- January 21 – Sir Archibald Murray, British Army general (b. 1860)
- January 22 – Else Lasker-Schüler, German poet, author (b. 1869)
- January 23
- January 30
- January 31 – Eddie Slovik, American soldier (executed for desertion) (b. 1920)
- February (or March) – Anne Frank, German-born Jewish diarist, writer (typhus in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp) (b. 1929)
- February 1
- Ivan Ivanov Bagryanov, 30th Prime Minister of Bulgaria (executed) (b. 1891)
- Teresa Bogusławska, Polish poet and resistance worker (meningitis) (b. 1929)
- Dobri Bozhilov, 29th Prime Minister of Bulgaria (executed) (b. 1884)
- Bogdan Filov, Bulgarian archaeologist, historian and politician, 28th Prime Minister of Bulgaria (executed) (b. 1883)
- Petar Gabrovski, former acting Prime Minister of Bulgaria (executed) (b. 1898)
- Johan Huizinga, Dutch cultural historian (b. 1872)
- Prince Kiril of Bulgaria (executed) (b. 1895)
- February 2
- Adolf Brand, German campaigner for homosexuality (air raid victim) (b. 1874)
- Alfred Delp, German Jesuit priest and philosopher of the German Resistance, 20 July plotter (executed) (b. 1907)
- Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, German politician, civil servant, executive and economist, 20 July plotter (executed) (b. 1884)
- Gustav Heistermann von Ziehlberg, German general, 20 July plotter (executed) (b. 1898)
- Joe Hunt, American tennis champion (military aircraft crash) (b. 1919)
- February 3 – Roland Freisler, Nazi German judge (air raid victim) (b. 1893)
- February 5
- February 6 – Robert Brasillach, French writer (executed) (b. 1909)
- February 7 – Karl Schwitalle, German Olympic weightlifter (killed in action) (b. 1906)
- February 8 – Robert Mallet-Stevens, French architect, designer (b. 1886)
- February 10 – Anacleto Díaz, Filipino jurist (murdered during the Battle of Manila) (b. 1878)
- February 11 – Al Dubin, Swiss-born American 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 (air raid victim) (b. 1893)
- February 15 – Helmut Möckel, German youth leader, politician (automobile accident) (b. 1909)
- February 17 – Gabrielle Weidner, Belgian World War II heroine (b. 1914)
- February 18 – Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Soviet general (died of wounds) (b. 1906)
- February 19
- February 21 – Eric Liddell, British Olympic athlete (in internment camp) (b. 1902)
- February 22 – Sara Josephine Baker, American physician (b. 1873)
- February 23
- February 24 – Josef Mayr-Nusser, Italian Roman Catholic layman, martyr and blessed (b. 1910)
- February 25 – Mário de Andrade, Brazilian writer, photographer (b. 1893)
- March 1
- March 2 – Emily Carr, Canadian painter (b. 1871)
- March 3
- March 4
- March 5
- Rupert Downes, Australian general (killed in military aircraft accident) (b. 1885)
- Albert Richards, British war artist (killed in action) (b. 1919)
- George Vasey, Australian general (killed in military aircraft accident) (b. 1895)
- Hasso von Boehmer, German Lieutenant Colonel, July 20 Plotter (executed) (b. 1904)
- March 7 – Ralph Ignatowski, American WWII hero (killed in action) (b. 1926)
- March 8 – Sadasue Senda, Imperial Japanese Army lieutenant general, battle of iwo jima (killed in action) (b. 1892)
- March 12 – Friedrich Fromm, German Nazi official (executed) (b. 1888)
- March 14 – Antônio Francisco Braga, Brazilian composer (b. 1868)
- March 15 – Sava Caracaș, Romanian general (b. 1890)
- March 18 – William Grover-Williams, British/French racing driver, war hero (executed) (b. 1903)
- March 19 – Marcel Callo, French Roman Catholic layman, martyr and blessed (in concentration camp) (b. 1921)
- March 20
- March 22
- Eliyahu Bet-Zuri, Israeli assassin (executed) (b. 1922)
- Eliyahu Hakim, Israeli assassin (executed) (b. 1925)
- Enrico Caviglia, Italian marshal (b. 1862)
- Branca de Gonta Colaço, Portuguese writer, scholar and linguist (b. 1880)
- Heinrich Maier, Austrian Roman Catholic priest and blessed (b. 1908)
- Takeichi Nishi, Japanese equestrian gold medalist (1932), tank commander at Battle of Iwo Jima (killed in action) (b. 1902)
- March 23 – Élisabeth de Rothschild, French WWII heroine (b. 1902)
- March 26
- David Lloyd George, British politician and statesman, 51st Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1863)
- Ichimaru Toshinosuke, Japanese naval aviator, commander at Battle of Iwo Jima (b. 1891)
- Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Imperial Japanese Army general, commander of the battle of Iwo Jima (probably killed in action) (b. 1891)
- Boris Shaposhnikov, Soviet military leader, Marshal of the Soviet Union (b. 1882)
- March 27 – Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil, Turkish author (b. 1867)
- March 29 – Ferenc Csik, Hungarian swimmer (air raid victim) (b. 1913)
- March 30
- March 31
- Hans Fischer, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (suicide) (b. 1881)
- Harriet Boyd Hawes, American archaeologist (b. 1871)
- Torgny Segerstedt, Swedish newspaper editor, publicist (b. 1876)
- Maria Skobtsova, Soviet Orthodox nun and saint (killed by poison) (b. 1891)
- Natalia Tulasiewicz, Polish teacher and Roman Catholic blessed (murdered in concentration camp) (b. 1906)
- April 7
- April 9
- April 10
- April 11 – Frederick Lugard, 1st Baron Lugard, British colonial administrator (b. 1858)
- 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 15 – Joachim Albrecht Eggeling, German SS general (suicide) (b. 1884)
- April 18
- April 21 – Walter Model, German field marshal (suicide) (b. 1891)
- April 22 – Käthe Kollwitz, German artist (b. 1867)
- April 23 – Klaus Bonhoeffer, German resistance fighter, 20 July Plotter (executed) (b. 1901)
- April 24 – Ernst-Robert Grawitz, German SS Reichsphysician (suicide) (b. 1899)
- April 28
- Hermann Fegelein, German SS general (b. 1906)
- Benito Mussolini, Italian politician, journalist, 27th Prime Minister of Italy and Duce of Fascism (b. 1883)
- Clara Petacci, mistress of Benito Mussolini (b. 1912)
- Nicola Bombacci, Italian Fascist politician (b. 1879)
- Roberto Farinacci, Italian Fascist politician (b. 1892)
- Alessandro Pavolini, Italian Fascist politician (b. 1903)
- April 29 – Achille Starace, Italian Fascist politician (executed) (b. 1889)
- April 30
- May 1
- May 2
- May 3 – Mario Blasich, Italian physician, politician (b. 1878)
- May 4 – Fedor von Bock, German field marshal (b. 1880)
- May 6 – Xhem Hasa, Albanian nationalist (b. 1908)
- May 7 – Vladimir Boyarsky, Soviet army officer (b. 1901)
- May 8
- Francis Bruguière, American photographer (b. 1875)
- Julius Hirsch, German footballer (killed in Auschwitz concentration camp) (b. 1892)
- Wilhelm Rediess, SS and Police Leader of Nazi-occupied Norway (suicide) (b. 1900)
- Bernhard Rust, education minister of Nazi Germany (presumed suicide) (b. 1883)
- Josef Terboven, Reichskommissar of Nazi-occupied Norway (suicide) (b. 1898)
- May 9 – Gustav Becking, German musicologist (b. 1894)
- May 10 – Konrad Henlein, Sudeten German Nazi leader (suicide) (b. 1898)
- May 11 – Kiyoshi Ogawa, Japanese kamikaze pilot (b. 1922)
- May 14
- May 15
- May 16
- May 18 – William Joseph Simmons, American founder of the second Ku Klux Klan (b. 1880)
- May 19 – Philipp Bouhler, German Nazi leader and general (suicide) (b. 1899)
- May 21 – Prince Kan'in Kotohito, Japanese prince, member of the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff Office (b. 1865)
- May 23 – Heinrich Himmler, German politician, Reichsführer-SS (suicide) (b. 1900)
- May 24 – Robert Ritter von Greim, German field marshal (suicide) (b. 1892)
- May 25
- May 31
- June 4 – Georg Kaiser, German dramatist (b. 1878)
- June 7 – Kitaro Nishida, Japanese philosopher (b. 1870)
- June 8
- June 11 – Lurana W. Sheldon, American author and editor (b. 1862)
- June 12 – Theodore Hardeen, Hungarian-born American magician and stunt performer, founder of the Magician's Guild (b. 1876)
- June 13 – Minoru Ōta, Japanese admiral (suicide) (b. 1891)
- June 15
- June 16
- June 18
- June 20
- June 22
- June 24 – José Gutiérrez Solana, Spanish painter (b. 1886)
- June 27 – Emil Hácha, 3rd President of Czechoslovakia, State President of Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (b. 1872)
- June 30
- July 1 – Félix Evaristo Mejía, Dominican diplomat, educator and writer (b. 1866)
- July 2 – Óscar R. Benavides, Peruvian field marshal, diplomat, politician and 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, diplomat (b. 1876)
- July 12
- July 13 – Alla Nazimova, Russian-born American actress (b. 1879)
- July 17 – Ernst Busch, German field marshal, as prisoner of war (b. 1885)
- July 20 – Paul Valéry, French poet (b. 1871)
- July 24 – Arnold von Winckler, German general (b. 1856)
- 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, illustrator (b. 1857)
- August 4 – Gerhard Gentzen, German mathematician and logician (starvation in prison camp) (b. 1909)
- August 5 – Nat Jaffe, American swing jazz pianist (b. 1918)
- August 8 – Joseph Pujol, Le Pétomane, French flatulist (b. 1857)
- August 7 – Jacques Vaillant de Guélis, British/French WWII hero (injuries received in automobile accident) (b. 1907)
- August 9
- August 10 – Robert H. Goddard, American rocket scientist (cancer) (b. 1882)
- August 12 – Karl Leisner, German Roman Catholic priest and blessed (b. 1915)
- August 15
- August 16 – Takijirō Ōnishi, Japanese admiral (ritual suicide) (b. 1891)
- August 18
- August 19 – Tomás Burgos, Chilean philanthropist (b. 1875)
- August 22 – Mustafa Al-Maraghi, Egyptian reformer (b. 1881)
- August 24 – Shizuichi Tanaka, Japanese general (suicide) (b. 1887)
- August 25
- August 26
- August 27 – Maria Pilar Izquierdo Albero, Spanish Roman Catholic religious professed and blessed (b. 1906)
- August 29 – Fritz Pfleumer, German engineer, inventor (b. 1881)
- August 30 – Florencio Harmodio Arosemena, 6th President of Panama (b. 1872)
- August 31
- September 6
- September 9 – Aage Bertelsen, Danish painter (b. 1873)
- September 12 – Hajime Sugiyama, Japanese general (suicide) (b. 1880)
- September 15
- September 16 – John McCormack, Irish tenor (b. 1884)
- September 18
- September 20
- September 24 – Hans Geiger, German physicist, inventor (b. 1882)
- September 25 – Plutarco Elías Calles, Mexican general and president (1924-1928), known as Jefe Maximo ("Maximum Boss") (b. 1877)
- September 26
- October 1 – Walter Bradford Cannon, American physiologist (b. 1871)
- October 6
- October 8 – Felix Salten, Austrian author (b. 1869)
- October 10 – Joseph Darnand, Vichy French 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 – Frederick Hovey, American tennis player (b. 1868)
- October 19
- October 21
- October 24 – Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian Nazi collaborator (executed) (b. 1887)
- October 25 – Robert Ley, German Nazi politician (suicide) (b. 1890)
- October 26
- October 30 – Sinn Sing Hoi, Chinese composer (b. 1905)
- October 31
- November 8 – August von Mackensen, German field marshal (b. 1849)
- November 11 – Jerome Kern, American composer (b. 1885)
- November 13 – Sir Edwyn Alexander-Sinclair, British admiral (b. 1865)
- 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 20 – Francis William Aston, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1877)
- November 21
- November 23 – Charles Coborn, British singer (b. 1852)
- 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 (b. 1891)
- December 3 – George McKay, Soviet-born American actor (b. 1884)
- December 4
- December 5 – Cosmo Gordon 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 13
- Juana Bormann, German Nazi concentration camp guard (executed) (b. 1893)
- Henri Dentz, French general (b. 1881)
- Irma Grese, German warden at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp (executed) (b. 1923)
- Josef Kramer, German commandant of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp (executed) (b. 1906)
- Elisabeth Volkenrath, German supervisor at Nazi concentration camps (executed) (b. 1919)
- December 14 – Forrester Harvey, Irish actor (b. 1884)
- December 16
- December 21 – George S. Patton, American general (injuries from automobile accident) (b. 1885)
- December 22 – Otto Neurath, Austrian philosopher, political economist (b. 1892)
- December 25 – Duy Tân, Emperor of Vietnam (b. 1900)
- December 26 – Roger Keyes, 1st Baron Keyes, British admiral (b. 1872)
- December 28 – Theodore Dreiser, American novelist (b. 1871)
- Physics – Wolfgang Pauli
- Chemistry – Artturi Ilmari Virtanen
- Physiology or Medicine – Sir Alexander Fleming, Ernst Boris Chain, Sir Howard Florey
- Literature – Gabriela Mistral
- Peace – Cordell Hull
- Ian Buruma. Year Zero: A History of 1945 (Penguin Press; 2013) 368 pages; covers liberation, revenge, decolonization, and the rise of the United Nations. excerpt
- International News Service, It Happened In 1945 The Essential Year Book (1946)
- Keith Lowe. Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II (2012) excerpt and text search
- McDannald, A. H. ed. The Americana Annual 1946 (1946) events of 1945 online; encyclopedia yearbook global coverage in 950pp
- Walter Yust, ed. 10 Eventful Years, 1937 – 1946 Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, 1947, 4 vol., encyclopedia yearbook online