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FDR's Greatest Moments

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On this day in 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died while in office after months of declining health. On the same day, Harry Truman was sworn in to the presidency. FDR was a beloved figure in American politics; he was the only president to be elected four times. Here, some of his most famous words.

Grilled Millionaire

On December 5, 1938, FDR addressed students at the University of North Carolina with humor.

Pearl Harbor Address

On December 7, 1941, FDR announced the attacks on Pearl Harbor, calling it a "date which will live in infamy."

Second Bill of Rights

During his State of the Union in 1944, FDR proposed an economic bill of rights.

D-Day Speech

On June 6, 1944, FDR gave a radio address shortly after the Allied invasion on the beaches of Normandy.

The Fala Speech

Perhaps the world's most famous Scottish Terrier, Fala was FDR's beloved pup. On September 23, 1944, FDR gave this famous speech in which he addressed charges that he had accidentally left Fala behind on the Aleutian Islands.


On Saturday, March 4, 1933, FDR was inaugurated into the office of president for the first time. Here's what he said.