On This Day

What Happened on April 12, 1945

Historical Events

  • Canadian troops liberate Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, Netherlands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Richard Strauss completes his "Metamorphosis"

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss

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
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Famous Birthdays

  • Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • 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

1945 Highlights

About April 12, 1945

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 75 years, 7 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aries