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(Tuesday, May 1, 1945, 9:40 p.m. CEST; during the Battle of Berlin on the Eastern Front during World War II) — The radio station Reichssender Hamburg interrupted their normal program tonight to announce that an important broadcast would soon be made. After dramatic funeral music by Wagner and Bruckner, Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz (appointed as Hitler’s successor in his will) announced that Hitler was dead (Hitler had actually committed suicide the previous day).
Tonight’s announcement immediately followed the suicide of Hitler’s propaganda minister, Josef Goebbels.
(Saturday, May 1, 1965) — “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” by Herman’s Hermits peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard‘s Hot 100 singles chart for three consecutive weeks (May 1/8/15, 1965). It was the group’s first of two number one hits on the chart (1965).
(Saturday, May 1, 1965) — “The Last Time” by The Rolling Stones peaked at #9 on today’s Billboard‘s Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks. It was the British group’s second of 23 top ten hits on the chart (1964-1989).
(Saturday, May 1, 1915; during World War I) — A German submarine today torpedoed and severely damaged the SS Gulflight, an American tanker near Britain’s Scilly Isles, even though the United States was still neutral in the Great War. Three crew members were killed.