Today in History: January 20, 1945

FDR Inaugurated for 4th Term

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated for an unprecedented fourth term as president. As the United States is immersed in World War II, Roosevelt declares in his address that “in the days and in the years that are to come we shall work for a just and honorable peace, a durable peace, as today we work and fight for total victory in war.” FDR will remain in office until his death on April 12, 1945, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.