History Tip of the Day – February 4th

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies, April 12th, 1945

He is trying to appear authoritative for the artist painting his picture. But the president looks far older than his sixty-three years. FDR is exhausted from twelve years in office and the incredible burden of world war. His hands shake with feeble palsy, forcing him to press his fountain pen firmly against the documents he is trying to sign as his portrait is being drawn. Suddenly the artist sees a crimson flush filling Roosevelt’s cheeks. He is in the early stages of a cerebral hemorrhage. “I have a terrific pain in my head,” he moans. His eyes close. His head spills forward. FDR is gone.