This Day In History April 12

Historical Events & Manuscripts on April 12

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

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.