Day In History

Discover the global events and personal stories of April 12

Portrait of President Harry S. Truman. Harry S. Truman Library & Museum. Accession Number: 58-766-09.
April 12, 1945

Read Across America Day: It Was His Boyhood Reading, Truman Recalls, That Prepared Him for When His “Terrible Trial Came”

No one has ever taken history, or algebra, or Latin, and not at some point asked, querulously, “when am I ever going to need to use this?”  The answer, according to Harry S. Truman, is when you are struck by lightning one day and wake up to find yourself president of the United States.



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