April 22, 1945: Hitler admits defeat

On this day in 1945, Adolf Hitler, learning from one of his generals that no German defense was offered to the Russian assault at Eberswalde, admits to all in his underground bunker that the war is lost and that suicide is his only recourse. Almost as confirmation of Hitler’s assessment, a Soviet mechanized corps reaches Treuenbrietzen, 40 miles southwest of Berlin, liberates a POW camp and releases, among others, Norwegian Commander in Chief Otto Ruge.

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Historical events on 22 apr

AMERICAN REVOLUTION  
John Paul Jones leads American raid on Whitehaven, England 1778
AUTOMOTIVE  
Rolls-Royce co-founder dies  1933
CIVIL WAR  
Union raid cuts Mississippi telegraph wires  1863
COLD WAR  
McCarthy Army hearings begin  1954
CRIME  
Seduction is made illegal 1886
An FBI agent is killed in a gangster raid  1934
DISASTER  
Sewers explode in Guadalajara  1992
GENERAL INTEREST  
Germans introduce poison gas  1915
Fujimori orders assault on Japanese ambassador’s home 1997
HOLLYWOOD  
Jack Nicholson born 1937
LITERARY  
Ellen Glasgow, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, is born  1873
MUSIC  
The Blues Brothers make their world premiere on Saturday Night Live  1978
OLD WEST  
The Oklahoma land rush begins  1889
PRESIDENTIAL  
Former President Richard Nixon dies  1994
SPORTS  
Pat Tillman killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan  2004
VIETNAM WAR  
South Vietnamese have increased combat capabilities  1968
Antiwar demonstrations held  1972
WORLD WAR I  
Second Battle of Ypres begins  1915
WORLD WAR II  
Americans launch Operation Persecution in the Pacific  1944
Hitler admits defeat  1945

 

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