January 27, 1945
Soviet soldiers liberate the Auschwitz concentration camp.
April 28, 1945
Benito Mussolini is captured in northern Italy and executed by communist partisans at Mezzegra, Lombardy. The following day his corpse is taken to Milan and put on display.
May 01, 1945
The German army is defeated in Italy.
May 07, 1945
Germany surrenders to the Allies.
May 08, 1945
The Allies formally accept the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany and the end of the Third Reich. Celebrations erupted throughout the western world, with crowds taking to the streets to mark the end of World War II. The day would become known as Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day.
July 06, 1945
Italian Canadian internee Nello Trasciatti is released from the Fredericton Internment Camp. He is most likely the last Italian Canadian internee to be released.
August 06, 1945
The United States Air Force drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
August 09, 1945
The United States Air Force drop an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
September 02, 1945
Japan surrenders to the Allies marking the end of World War II.