Thursday, April 12, 2007


On this day in History we lost one of the greatest presidents of them all Franklin Delano Roosevelt: the only man to have been elected president of the United States four times.
He was burdened by the effects of polio all of his life and was saddled by a wheelchair in all of his presidential years. Sometimes the pain he experienced was excruciably horrid and yet this man who told us "We have nothing to fear, but fear, itself" guided this country through one of its greatest challenges. World War II without Franklin Delano Roosevelt might have been a failure for this great country. I shudder to think of the consequences if Nazi Germany had been victorious. He lived but a brief sixty-three years and died of a stroke just eighty-three days into his fourth term as our president. Sixty-three years is not a terribly long time and yet he used it to its full benefit. It was also today in history that the Civil War began with the firing upon Fort Sumter in 1861 and the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Disneyland Paris also opened its doors fifteen years ago this day.

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