23 May 1945
  • USS Ray sank 4 small Japanese vessels west of Japan with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Himmler committed suicide at Lüneburg, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Members of the German High Command and the Provisional Government were taken into custody and imprisoned. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The Allies dissolved Karl Dönitz's government. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sargent Bay completed repairs and arrived in Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 525 American B-29 bombers conducted a raid on Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy RA-67, the last outgoing Allied arctic convoy, departed the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • In Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom, British Prime Minister Churchill resigned and formed a caretaker administration in which the Labour Party refused to serve. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Photo(s) dated 23 May 1945
Himmler dead at Lnneburg, 23 May 1945The body of Heinrich Himmler lying on the floor at British 2nd Army HQ after his suicide on 23 May 1945Dönitz, Jodl, and Speer being arrested by British troops, 23 May 1945Speer, Dönitz, and Jodl immediately after being arrested by British troops, 23 May 1945
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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