On This Day

What Happened on April 12, 1945

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Canadian troops liberate Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, Netherlands
  • Richard Strauss completes his "Metamorphosis"

Person of InterestDeath of FDR

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies in office and Vice President Harry Truman is sworn in as 33rd US President
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The famous unfinished portrait of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, started by Elizabeth Shoumatoff on the day of his death
The famous unfinished portrait of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, started by Elizabeth Shoumatoff on the day of his death

Famous Birthdays

  • Hilary Nicolle, educationist
  • Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization, born in Seoul, South Korea (d. 2006)
  • Willie Parnell, American singer (Archie Bell & the Drells), born in Houston, Texas

Famous Deaths


Person of interestFranklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd US President (Democrat: 1933-1945), dies in office with the war almost won of a stroke at 63

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt