History Tip of the Day – July 23rd

Winston Churchill dies, January 24th, 1965

After losing the general election in 1945, Churchill was once again elected prime minister in 1951. He served until 1955, whereupon he resigned, citing a series of strokes and his advanced age of eighty. He dies seventy years to the day after his father passed. His funeral is the largest such state ceremony in world history until that time, with delegates from 112 nations coming to pay their respects. As his casket is borne down the Thames aboard a barge, the cranes lower their jibs in salute. He is buried in the Churchill family plot at St. Martin’s Church in Bladon, next to his wife, Clementine. They were married for fifty-six years.