Apr-30: Downfall and Disgrace

1945

Hitler Commits Suicide

With Berlin about to fall to the Russians and only forty hours after marrying Eva Braun, Hitler shot himself and Braun took cyanide in a double suicide.  Their bodies were burned per his wishes.

1975

Saigon Falls

On this day, North Vietnamese tanks smashed through the gates of the presidential palace.  South Vietnamese President Minh was waiting for them at the palace steps. “I have been waiting since early this morning to transfer power to you.” However, the reply was “There is no question of your transferring power. Your power has crumbled. You cannot give up what you do not have.”  The 20-year Vietnam War was now over.  In Vietnam this day is celebrated as Reunification Day, but among foreign Vietnamese it is known as a National Day of Shame.

 

2004

Abu Ghraib Story  Breaks

Photographs of torture and abuse by U.S. personnel against Iraqi prisoners first released. Eleven U.S. soldiers were convicted of various offenses.

 

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