Diary for Wednesday, May 23, 1945:
Germany: Members of Dönitz Government, German High Command and General Staff, taken into custody and interned aboard liner Patria in Flensburg harbor. Admiral von Friedeburg commits suicide.
Himmler commits suicide; buried on Lüneburg Heath.
Britain: Churchill resigns and forms ‘Caretaker’ administration of Conservatives, Nation Liberals and Independence’s (former Labor ministers refuse to serve).
Pacific: 1,000 B-29 Superfortress (30 lost) participate in 2 climactic night raids on Tokyo; determined fighter opposition and heavy flak (nights May 23-24 and 25-26). These attacks bring total burned-out area to 90 sq km.