24 January 2012

Churchill Retires

On this day in 1952:

NEW YORK, Wednesday. Mr. Winston Churchill left the United States to-day after an 18-day visit, sailing for home aboard the liner Queen Mary.

Several hundred persons were at the wharf to farewell Mr. Churchill.

Mr. Churchill went straight to bed last night after boarding the liner, a Reuter correspondent  reported by radio-telephone from the ship to-day.

The correspondent's comments were heard on a televised news programme here.

The interviewer asked about Mr. Churchill's cold. He was told that the Prime Minister's decision to retire early was unusual, as he was fond of staying up late.

Earlier, in New York, Mr. Churchill was presented with New York [illegible] Medal of Honour in his bedroom.

Wearing blue pyjamas, Mr. Churchill sat up in bed as the Mayor, Mr. Impelliterri, placed the ribbon of the medal around his neck.

Source: The Canberra Times

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