Sunday, November 30, 2008

Remembering Winston

No Sheeples Here! rightly recalls that on this day, in 1874, Winston Churchill, the greatest politician of the 20th Century, in my estimation, was born:

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born prematurely on this day in 1874. He became a British statesman, soldier, and author -- and the first man to be made an honorary citizen of the United States by an act of Congress on April 9, 1963.

A graduate of Sandhurst Military Academy, Churchill fought in India, the Sudan and South Africa. In 1900 he was elected to the British Parliament. He was the first Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 to 1915 in World War I until discredited by the failure of the Dardanelles campaign, which he had championed.

Churchill later served in several cabinet positions in the Liberal government including Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1924 to 1929. Out of office from 1929 to 1939, Churchill issued unheeded warnings of the threat of Nazi Germany.

In 1940, seven months after the outbreak of World War II, Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister. Churchill’s stirring oratory, his energy, and his refusals to make peace with Hitler were crucial to maintaining British resistance.

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