70th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death

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On April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 63, died unexpectedly of a cerebral hemorrhage. Vice President Harry S. Truman took the oath of office as President two hours and 34 minutes later.

According to a Baltimore Sun story at the time, Roosevelt’s last words were, “I have a terrific headache.”

Archival photos depict a grieving nation at the loss of the president, serving his fourth term, who died at the “little White House” in Warm Springs, Georgia.