History Tip of the Day – January 30th

John Profumo dies, March 9th, 2006

As a dapper forty-eight-year-old British war hero and politician, Profumo had been caught having an affair with nineteen-year-old party girl Christine Keeler. And Keeler is also having sex with a deputy Soviet naval attaché. Profumo was Britain’s secretary of state for war and one of the most powerful men in the government of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. When first confronted about his affair in the House of Commons, Profumo denied it, but was forced to admit he lied, and resigned in 1963. His wife, the film actress Valerie Hobson, stood by him, and Profumo devoted the rest of his life to charity work.