Hitler's Last Day: Everything We Know About His Bunker Suicide

Hitler's bunker just before demolition in July 1947. (Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-V04744 / CC-BY-SA 3.0)

On this day in 1945, a shot rang out in a Berlin bunker that would signify the end of one of the most horrific eras of human history. After rising through the political ranks, Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany in 1933, solidifying the Nazi Party's control over the economically struggling nation. Hitler used the people's desperation to seize power and carry out not only the single deadliest war to date but also the largest genocide mankind has ever known. With 70 million dead as a result of World War II, innumerable people wanted Hitler's head by April 30, 1945. A villain to the end, he took himself out before any of them had the chance.