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Rumor: Chuck Norris and the NAZI Surrender

Rumor: Chuck Norris and the NAZI Surrender

A popular Chuck Norris “fact” states that he was born the day before the Nazis surrendered in World War II. Is this true or false?

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It’s not true.

For the last decade, Chuck Norris has been the subject of a series of viral memes in which amusing and ludicrous acts of gallantry are attributed to the noted martial artist. One of these trendy sayings implies that the birth of Chuck Norris ultimately brought World War II to an end.

These graphics often claim:

Chuck Norris was born May 6th 1945
The Nazis surrendered May 7th 1945
Coincidence?
I don’t think so.

While the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (shortened to NAZI) did surrender in May of 1945, Chuck Norris was born several years earlier on March 10, 1940.

If you wanted to find a celebrity who was born on May 6, 1945, look no further than singer Bob Seger.

Meme Variations

Below are a few variations of the meme being circulated over the past few years.

Bottom Line

A humorously absurd online meme claims that famed actor and martial artist Chuck Norris was born the day before the Nazi party surrendered in May of 1945. The implication is that the birth of Norris caused the Nazis to surrender. However, the claim regarding his birth date is flawed, as Norris was born in March of 1940 and was already 5-years old when the Nazis relinquished victory to Allied forces.

Updated January 10, 2015
Originally published February 2013

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  • antti

    So he was just five when he defeated the 3rd Reich?

  • john

    Why would the Nazis be scared of Bob Seger?

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