On this day in 1965, the greatest funeral of the 20th Century, the State Funeral of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965), occurred in London. It would be the largest event of its kind ever held, matched only in size and number of world leaders in attendance by the funeral of Pope John Paul II in 2005. Over 350 million people watched the State Funeral on television around the world.
Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 - 1945, and 1951 - 1955, is widely recognized as the saviour of his nation for leading The British Commonwealth to victory over the forces of Naziism in the Second World War. His power of oratory remains unmatched in the English speaking world. He galvanizing the spirit of the British peoples in the darkest days of British history in 1940 - when Britain alone stood up to Hitler after the fall of France and Western Europe. You can hear his inspiring oratory below in two of his radio addresses below.
Churchill played a crucial role in the history of The United Kingdom all through the first half of the 20th Century but is best remembered as one of the Big Three leaders of the Allied Nations during World War 2, together with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt of the U.S.A. and Marshall Joseph Stalin of the U.S.S.R..
|The Cranes Along the Thames Lower in Respect|
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