Gandhi was assassinated on January 30th. Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany. Charles I was beheaded, leading to the dissolution of the English Monarchy on this day too. The Beatles played their last concert and Bloody Sunday shocked the world in Northern Ireland. This is an action-packed day in history.
FDR was born on this day. Being Australian, I knew very little about Franklin D. Roosevelt. Having two Roosevelts (three if you count Eleanor) always led to confusion I think. After writing his entry for the Gallery of Heroes, I have found that I was missing out. This man was one of the most influential to ever live. A hero.
A PBS page lists some of his character traits. His confidence and willingness to try anything to solve the massive problems he faced were summed up with, “I have no expectation of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average.”
His wife never heard him complain as he fought to deal with polio – this from a previously athletic man. The disease led to him emerging “completely warm-hearted, with new humility of spirit and a firmer understanding of philosophical concepts.”
Frances Perkins claimed that “his capacity to inspire and encourage those around him to do tough, confused and practically impossible jobs was without dispute.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt was a hero. Is a hero.