Day: August 1, 2018

Winston wets his whistle: Churchill’s indulgences
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Winston wets his whistle: Churchill’s indulgences

In December 1941, just days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, United States president Franklin Delano Roosevelt informed his wife Eleanor that a guest, or guests, would be coming to stay at the White House. “He told me I could not know who was coming, nor how many, but I must be prepared to have them stay over Christmas,” Eleanor Roosevelt wrote years later in The Atlantic. “He added as an afterthought that I must see to it that we had good champagne and brandy in the house and plenty of whiskey.” Make that Pol Roger champagne, vintage Hine brandy and Johnny Walker Red—for the guest, of course, was Winston Churchill, the British bulldog prime minister whose eccentricities and fondness for libation are the stuff of legend. “I must have a tumbler of sherry in m...
On this Date: August 2018
On This Date

On this Date: August 2018

1 August 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada announces it will send a naval task group. 3 August 1876 Alexander Graham Bell makes the first test call on a telephone, to his uncle, David Charles Bell, who spoke to him from a telegraph office in Brantford, Ont. 4 August 1914 Canada declares war on Germany. 6 August 1942 HMCS Assiniboine, commanded by J.H. Stubbs, sinks U-210 in the Atlantic Ocean. 7 August 1942 American cruisers fire the first bombardments against Japanese-occupied Kiska Island in the Aleutian Islands. 9 August 1945 Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray leads an air attack against Japanese vessels in Onagawa Bay. Gray’s plane is damaged by heavy anti-aircraft fire, but he still scores a direct hit, sinking a Japanese destroyer. Gray is killed in the action...

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