SIR WINSTON BORN 149 YEARS AGO
Oxfordshire, England (JFK+50) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, Prime Minster of Britain during WWII, was born at Blenheim Palace here in Oxfordshire 139 years ago today, November 30, 1874.
Winston was the son of Lord Randolph Churchill and the American socialite, Jennie Jerome. Winston's grand father, John Strange Spencer-Churchill, was the 7th Duke of Marlborough.
After a short service in the military, WC was elected to Parliament in 1900 and became the 1st Lord of the Admiralty in 1911. He served in that capacity again in 1939.
In May 1940, Churchill became Prime Minister, serving in that position from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951-1955.
Sir Winston was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Known for his great oratory, Mr. Churchill said he wrote every word of his speeches and often spent an hour working on one minute of a speech.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy, whose own hero was Winston Churchill, said:
"In the dark days...when England stood alone...he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle."
One of the most quoted Churchillian lines is:
"Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say "This was their finest hour.'"