Former President Harry S. Truman dies in Independence, where he and his wife, Bess, had retired. His death followed his hospitalization for lung, heart, kidney and digestive issues, according to a remembrance. In this Oct. 20, 1937, photo, Truman – then a senator – speaks with Counsel and Chief Investigator Max Lowenthal while preparing to preside as acting chairman over an investigation into railroad financing. 

Photo credit: Harris & Ewing. Library of Congress.