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Diary April 12, 1945

Harry Shippe Truman
Harry Shippe Truman (1881-1972), elected Vice-President in November 1944 and became automatically US President on sudden death of Roosevelt. He retired from presidency 1952 after he defeated Governor Dewey in 1948 elections.
Diary for Thursday, April 12, 1945:

Home Fronts

USA – DEATH OF PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT at Warm Springs, Georgia; aged 63. Vice-President Truman takes the oath of office. Goebbels comments ‘This is the turning point’.

Western Front

US 9th Army crosses river Elbe, southeast of Magdeburg. 3rd US Army takes Weimar.

Okinawa

Japanese counter-attack near Kakazu Ridge.

Politics

Spain breaks off diplomatic relations with Japan.

Sea War

Pacific: US destroyer Mannert L. Abele destroyed by Baka rocket-­propelled piloted missile, near Okinawa.

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