Hermann Göring commits suicide at the age of 53. Göring has managed to smuggle a cyanide pill into his prison cell and takes it despite being under constant observation by an American guard.
Hermann Göring was the highest ranking Nazi leader on trial before the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal. He was found guilty and his death sentence was to be carried out the following day, though he was unaware of the timing.
Like several other high-ranking Nazi defendants, he asked to be executed by a firing squad like a soldier rather than hung like a criminal, but all these requests were denied. His body will, like those of other executed Nazi leaders, be cremated and the ashes scattered.