Warm Springs, Georgia (JFK+50) President Franklin D. Roosevelt died shortly after 1 p.m. 70 years ago today, April 12, 1945, of a cerebral hemorrhage at the Little White House* here in Warm Springs.
The President, while sitting in the living room having his portrait made, suddenly grabbed his head and said...
"I have a terrific headache".
Grace Tully**, FDR's private secretary was alerted that the President was sick and to call a doctor. She later wrote...
"I could feel a chill in my heart, a sense that this was something different...I decided to go at once to the President's cottage."
When she arrived, two doctors were attending the President in his bedroom. They soon came out with the sad news.
Later, as a procession took FDR's body from the home, Graham Jackson*** played Going Home and one of FDR's favorite hymns, Nearer My God To Thee, on his accordion.
Charleston, South Carolina (JFK+50) 154 years ago, April 12, 1861, at 4:30 a.m., Confederate shore batteries began to bombard Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. The firing on Sumter came after Commander Robert B. Anderson refused to surrender.
Confederate authorities argued that the fort, garrisoned by Federal troops and located in their territory, was rightly the property of the Confederacy. The bombardment continued throughout the day.
4000 Confederate shells were fired on Fort Sumter in the space of 33 hours.