Winston Churchill Facts

Winston Churchill Facts
Sir Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during WWII, most well-known for leading his country to victory when they had been so close to defeat by the Nazis. He was born Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill on November 8th, 1874, in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, two months prematurely. Winston grew up in Dublin until 1888 when he went to boarding school near London, and then moved on to the British Royal Military College. He spent a few years in the military and then became a journalist, and an author. His political career began in 1900 when he became a Member of Parliament. His political career advanced and in 1940 he became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Interesting Winston Churchill Facts:
Winston Churchill's father Lord Randolph Churchill was a British statesman, and Winston's mother was Lady Jeanette Jerome, the daughter of an American millionaire.
Winston had a younger brother named Jack, born in 1880.
Winston almost wasn't accepted into military school because he was not a very good student and had trouble passing the entrance exam. He made it in on the third attempt.
In 1899 while in South Africa Winston Churchill was taken hostage by Dutch descendants fighting with the British. Winston climbed a wall and escaped and with the help of a coal mine manager he traveled approximately 300 miles to his rescue. He wrote a book about his experiences.
Winston Churchill became a Member of Parliament in 1900. He held several positions until 1940, when he was First Lord of the Admiralty in command of the Royal Navy. Neville Chamberlain was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom but the country was losing faith in Chamberlain as it seemed as if the Nazis would win the war.
Neville Chamberlain resigned his position as Prime Minister and Winston Churchill took his place. Winston Churchill was 65 when he took office.
Winston Churchill sent the British into France to fight the Nazis, and developed an alliance with the Allied Forces, including the U.S. and Soviet Union.
Despite Churchill's successful efforts in defeating the Nazis in WWII, when the war ended he lost the next election.
In 1951 Winston Churchill was elected again as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He served until 1955.
Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. He wrote several historical books.
Winston Churchill had four daughters and a son with his wife Clementine Hozier (married in 1908).
Winston Churchill had a heart attack in 1941.
Winston Churchill created several now-famous quotes including: "We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."
To Hitler Winston Churchill said, "You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonour, and you will have war."
Winston Churchill was an artist and produced about 600 works of art in his lifetime. He was also an accomplished journalist and writer.
In 1953 Winston Churchill became Sir Winston Churchill when he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
Winston Churchill died on January 24th, 1965 at the age of 90.
When Sir Winston Churchill died his funeral was watched by more than 350 million people around the world.


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