JANUARY 24 2008 10:53h
On January 24, 1965, British statesman, writer, soldier, reporter and politician died.
On this day in 1965, British statesman Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill died. He was one of the few politicians who realised how dangerous Hitler was and harshly criticised Chamberlain, who thought that ‘conceding policy’ would satisfy the Nazi appetites. His fiery speeches gave the British the strength to endure the war and defeat the enemy in the battle for Great Britain.
Thanks to his excellent relations with Roosevelt, he secured large consignments of American weapons. His meetings with the American president resulted in the Atlantic Charter. After World War II he made decisions on creating European borders with Truman and Stalin at a conference in Postdam. He was one of the architects of pan-Europeanism that in time led to the creation of the European Union. He was the first to use the term ‘the iron curtain’.
Churchill received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 and the same year he suffered a stroke. He died in 1965, exactly 70 years after his father had died.