Category Prime Minister

The story behind a story that sold 4,000 copies an hour after mid-night and 100,000 by the end of the day

It was on Wednesday 25th September 1963 that the most hotly anticipated report in British history hit the shelves.  Official reports – known as Blue Books – are usually dull affairs but this one was different – VERY DIFFERENT.  Public interest was so great, remarked ‘The Spectator’ newspaper that the Stationary Office “opened half an […]

Britain’s apology doesn’t make everyone happy.

Two days later on Friday 11th May 1956 it was reported that the British had apologized to Russia over the incident of Frogman Crabb.  A note from the Foreign Office said that the frogman who had been discovered swimming between the Soviet destroyers was, in all probability Commander Crabb.  “As has already been publically reported”, […]

The day when Britain ‘stood still.

This Saturday, 30th January 1965, saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen in history when Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral was held – regarded by many as a day when Britain ‘stood still’. The following is based mainly on BBC reports with personal memories included: ‘Thousands of people had paid their last respects to […]

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchil has died.

After the British general election of October 1951 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill became Prime Minister of Britain for the second time.In 1953 he suffered a serious stroke but remained in the role of Prime Minister.  Two years later in 1955 he retired from the role but he didn’t leave Parliament.  He remained a Member of […]