Monday, April 9, 2007

Tour Marm vs. Brainy Media Blunder Re:Sir Winston Churchill

This is annoying:

Today in History

1981 U.S. submarine George Washington rams Japanese freighter Nisso Maru
1970 Paul McCartney announces official split of Beatles
1967 1st Boeing 737 rolls out
1963 Winston Churchill becomes 1st honorary U.S. citizen, posthumously
1912 Titanic leaves Queenstown, Ireland for New York
All Events on April 9

According to Brainy Media's events for April 9th that are posted on my sidebar as Today in History, Sir Winston Churchill became the first Honorary American citizen posthumously in 1963.

How is that possible when WSC died 24 January 1965?

Any reference to posthumous should have directed at President Kennedy, who had been assassinated after the Executive Proclamation, which meant that the honor, which was accepted on behalf of WSC by his grandson (and namesake), was accepted from President Johnson, rather than JFK. 1963 is the correct year of the Presidential Proclamation that made WSC a US citizen. (WSC was too ill to journey to the US.)

I tried to figure out a way to contact brainymedia to correct this - but there doesn't seem to be a way.

I'm just adding this to my litany of transgressions by internet sources of information.

US Capitol...Brainy Media...Who's next?
As WSC once said, "Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. "
29 October 1941 Harrow School


GreenmanTim said...

You have plenty of grist here for submissions to the Carnival of Bad History, should you wish to do so.

The Tour Marm said...

Yes, I've already submitted Pocahontas. (The Capitol and the other blogger has yet to correct this.)

But the Carnival was not 'up' last month, and I have no idea if it will be this month.)

OK, I'll submit this as well although I don't have the time to expound on it as I am preparing to leave on tour.

I mean, can you believe such sloppiness?!