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March 31, 2019

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1969: The nation was mourning the death of Dwight David Eisenhower.

United Press International reported he was a “good and gentle and kind man” who was the “most universally liked American president of this century.”

The news service also noted his “illustrious place in history as the general who led the allies to victory in World War II and as the peace-loving president who settled the Korean conflict.”

Richard Nixon said: “He made Americans proud of their president, proud of their country, proud of themselves.”

Eisenhower, 78, died of congestive heart failure. He was the U.S.’ 34th president, in office from 1953 until 1961.

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