The famous speech where Winston Churchill spoke of never giving up was delivered at Harrow School on October 29, 1941. Many of Churchill's speeches were memorable, but this speech is most remembered for the lines that start, "...never give in, never give in, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."Know More
Prior to this speech, Prime Minister Churchill discovered that the school had added a verse to one of the traditional songs in his honor. The verse referred to darker days, and Churchill requested it to be changed to sterner days. He wanted the people to look at the days of war as days of change and greatness, not as dark days. The fact that the days of war were hard and difficult could not be ignored, so the word change was made.
Even after the war and his time as Prime Minister, Churchill was well liked by the citizens of England. He faced many health issues, starting as early as 1941, but was able to manage them until he had a series of strokes in 1953. The strokes had caused his retirement in 1955. Although he remained in Parliament until 1964, he did not seek re-election. When he passed away at age 90, the United Kingdom mourned him for a long period.Learn more about Modern Europe
Neville Chamberlain was prime minister of the United Kingdom before Winston Churchill. Chamberlain took office on May 28, 1937, and his tenure was ended on May 10, 1940.Full Answer >
Winston Churchill was widely regarded as a strong, capable leader in large part owing to his ability to inspire others, as well as his gift as an orator and his sustained courage and insight into military and political strategy. Churchill took charge and helped British citizens take heart during the darkest days of World War II. No matter how much the Germans bombed England, he maintained a positive attitude.Full Answer >
Winston Churchill owned brown miniature poodles. These poodles were named Rufus and Rufus II, but Churchill insisted that "the II is silent" in the second poodle's name.Full Answer >
The significance of Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech is that it announced the beginning of the Cold War. However, Churchill also used it as a platform to deliver his hope that the United States and Great Britain could work more closely together to police a post-war world.Full Answer >