History Tip of the Day – June 23rd

President Franklin Roosevelt hears a proposal for the atomic bomb, October 12, 1939

Though a longtime friend of the President, the eminent theoretical physicist Albert Einstein felt the most effective communication to Roosevelt would be through Alexander Sachs, a Wall Street financier and one of Roosevelt’s key advisers on the New Deal. At a late-night meeting, so secret that it will not appear in the official log of presidential appointments, Sachs reads a letter from Einstein saying he and other top scientists believe that “extremely powerful bombs of a new type” can be constructed—and that Nazi Germany is racing to build such weapons. FDR immediately summons his personal secretary. “This requires action,” he orders.