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today’s picture: Death of Franklin Roosevelt (Funeral Procession)

Death of Franklin Roosevelt
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (b. 1882) died of a cerebral hemorrhage at 5:48 p.m. on April 12, 1945. The 63-year-old president had been at Warm Springs, Georgia, since March 28, resting from the rigors of leading a nation at war. Roosevelt, left paralyzed by polio in 1921, was elected to the nation’s highest office four times and is judged by historians to be among the greatest American presidents. In this photograph, taken on April 24, 1945, Roosevelt’s funeral procession moves through the streets of Washington, D.C., on its way to burial at the Roosevelt family home in Hyde Park, New York.

Photo: Library of Congress

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today’s image: FDR’s Fireside Chats

FDR’s Fireside Chats

President Roosevelt makes his first Sunday evening fireside chats on March 12, 1933. Roosevelt gave 31 chats from March 1933 and June 1944 to explain his policies to the public via radio broadcasts. This photo was taken during his April 28, 1935 broadcast in Washington, D.C.

Photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, National Archives

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today’s birthday: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882)


Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882)

Elected to an unprecedented four presidential terms, Roosevelt guided the US through the Great Depression and World War II. He instituted the New Deal program to promote economic recovery and social reform and, as war spread in Europe, prepared for the possibility that the US would enter the war. When it finally did, he led the nation to the threshold of victory, dying in office less than a month before Germany’s surrender to the Allies. What quote about fear is attributed to FDR? More… Discuss


This Day in the Yesteryear: THE WPA IS ESTABLISHED (1935) Will we have to wait till 2035 for a new deal?

The WPA Is Established (1935)

Part of US President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program, the Works Progress—later Projects—Administration aimed to stimulate the economy during the Great Depression and preserve the skills and self-respect of unemployed persons by providing them useful work. By the time it was terminated in 1943, the WPA had employed 8.5 million people and funded the construction of roads, buildings, bridges, parks, and airports—as well as the production of art. What did critics pejoratively call the WPA? More… Discuss

Published on Apr 17, 2012

As President Roosevelt presides over the creation of new federal agencies to combat the effects of the Depression, nowhere is the effect of new public works projects more apparent than in Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia‘s New York City. Though FDR, the American aristocrat, and LaGuardia, the son of immigrants, are unlikely partners, together they expand and redefine the role of government in people’s lives.

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