This Day in Politics: April 12, 1945 – Roosevelt dies



This Day in Politics: April 12, 1945 – Roosevelt dies

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On the afternoon of April 12, US President Roosevelt died. He said,

“I have a terrific pain in the back of my head.”

And then he slumped forward in his chair, unconscious, and was carried into his bedroom.

The president’s attending doctor, Dr. Howard Bruenn, diagnosed a massive stroke.

At 3:35 p.m. that day, Roosevelt was pronounced dead. As Allen Drury later said, “so ended an era, and so began another.” After Roosevelt’s death an editorial by The New York Times declared,

“Men will thank God on their knees a hundred years from now that Franklin D. Roosevelt was in the White House”.

News of Roosevelt’s final words were intentionally misinterpreted in Japan for propaganda purposes as “Oh, what a terrible thing I have done!”