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Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) Timeline

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Jan 30, 1882


Franklin Roosevelt is born in Hyde Park, NY.

Dec 19, 1896


Franklin Roosevelt leaves home to attend Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts.

Dec 19, 2019


Franklin Roosevelt moves to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend Harvard College.

Dec 19, 2019


Franklin Roosevelt moves to New York City, marries Eleanor Roosevelt, and enters Columbia Law School.

Nov 8, 1910


Franklin Roosevelt is elected to the New York State Senate.

Dec 19, 2019


Franklin Roosevelt is appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President Woodrow Wilson.

Dec 19, 2019


Franklin Roosevelt runs as the Democratic candidate for Vice-President, alongside James M. Cox. The ticket is defeated by Republicans Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge.

Dec 19, 2019


Franklin Roosevelt contracts a paralytic disease while swimming in Maine.

Dec 19, 2019


Franklin Roosevelt establishes a polio treatment center in Warm Springs, Georgia.

Nov 6, 1928


Franklin Roosevelt is elected governor of New York.

Oct 29, 1929


The New York Stock Exchange crashes, one of a series of events leading to the Great Depression in the United States.

Nov 8, 1932


Franklin Roosevelt defeats Herbert Hoover to become the 32nd President of the United States, receiving 57.4% of the popular vote.

Dec 19, 2019


In the "First 100 Days," FDR pushes fifteen legislative proposals through Congress; these form the basis of the New Deal.

Dec 19, 2019


In the First New Deal, the federal government provides "immediate relief" from the Depression by creating new public agencies to employ civilians, as well as regulate the banking industry.

Dec 19, 2019


In the Second New Deal, the federal government establishes additional agencies and programs including the WPA, Social Security, and the National Labor Relations Board.

Nov 3, 1936


Franklin Roosevelt defeats Alfred Landon, winning re-election to a second term. He wins by a landslide in the popular vote (60.8%) and trounces Landon in the Electoral College 523 to 8.

Sep 1, 1939


Hitler invades Poland, sparking World War II.

Nov 5, 1940


Franklin Roosevelt is re-elected to a third term with 54.7% of the vote, campaigning on a promise not to send American troops into foreign wars.

Mar 11, 1940


Under President Roosevelt, Congress passes the Lend-Lease Act, allowing the US to aid the Allied Powers without entering into the war.

Dec 7, 1941


Japan attacks Pearl Harbor; US declares war on Germany, Italy, and Japan.

Feb 19, 1942


Franklin Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, imprisoning many Japanese-Americans living on American soil.

Jun 6, 1944


On D-Day, the first of nearly 3 million Allied soldiers arrive on the northern shores of France.

Nov 7, 1944


Franklin Roosevelt is elected to a fourth term with 53.4% of the popular vote.

Feb 11, 1945


Franklin Roosevelt meets with Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin in Yalta to negotiate the post-war future of Europe.

Apr 12, 1945


Franklin Roosevelt dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia.

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