Daily Archives: May 23, 2015

Nazi war criminal Heinrich Himmler commits suicide while in British custody 70 years ago this hour (May 23 1945)

Video: 'Death Of Himmler (1945)'

(Wednesday, May 23, 1945, 11:04 p.m. CEST; on the Western Front and Eastern Front during World War II) — Nazi official Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer of the Schutzstaffel (SS) and one of the people most directly responsible for the Holocaust, committed suicide tonight by biting into a cyanide capsule while in British custody in Luneburg, Germany.

Video: 'The World At War 1973(World War II Documentary)Episode 25-Reckoning (April 1945)' (May 23, 1945, at 21:17)

Two-day Grand Review of the Armies begins 150 years ago this hour (May 23 1865)

Video: 'Ken Burns The Civil War: Episode 9 The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) |Ken Burns Docum' (May 23, 1865 at 29:13)

(Tuesday, May 23, 1865, 9:00 a.m. local time) — The Grand Review of the Armies, a two-day military procession and celebration in Washington, D.C., following the close of the American Civil War, began today.

Elements of the Union Army paraded through the streets of the capital to receive accolades from the crowds and reviewing politicians, officials, and prominent citizens, including the President Andrew Johnson.