Tuesday, 16 April 2013

So Great They Wanted Him To Be American, Too!

On April 9th, 1963, President John F Kennedy conferred the then-unique honour of American Citizenship on a foreigner- former British prime Minister Winston Churchill, of course, who else? Officially in recognition of his role as War leader, the honour may have been a little more palatable for those in American politics who favoured insularity as Churchill's mother was American, making him only half-British anyway. Then frail after a stroke while Prime Minister in the 1950s, and approaching 90, Churchill watched the ceremony at home in Britain as the latest wonder of the age, Telstar, provided live TV pictures from the White House lawn.

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