On this day: April 12

POSTED: 02:42 PM PDT Apr 09, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 11, 2016 

The American Civil War begins, FDR dies, a Soviet cosmonaut becomes the first human to travel into space, and the first space shuttle lifts off, all on this day.

OTD April 12 - FDR dies
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Library of Congress

1945: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies of a stroke at the age of 63 in Warm Springs, Georgia, less than three months into his fourth term. Vice-president Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd president of the United States. Roosevelt led the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war, becoming the only American president ever elected to more than two terms.


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