Harold Macmillan

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Macmillan, Harold


Born Feb. 10, 1894, in London. British statesman. The son of a powerful publisher.

Macmillan was educated at Eton and at Oxford University. He commenced his political career in 1924, when he was elected as a member of the ConservativeParty to the House of Commons. From 1940 to 1945 he occupied a number of posts in the government of W. Churchill. When the Conservatives returned to power after the general election of 1951, he served as minister of housing (1951-54), defense (1954-55), foreign affairs (1955), and finance (1955-57). After the debacle of the Suez Crisis (in Russian, the Anglo-Franco-Israeli aggression against Egypt) and the retirement of A. Eden, he became prime minister in 1957, remaining in this post until 1963. In 1964, Macmillan left active politics and headed a major publishing firm.

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1958: The Preston by-pass, Britain's first section of motorway (the M1, which was eight-and-a-half miles long) was officially opened by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.
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Newly declassified top secret documents show that Harold Macmillan, then Prime Minister, was strongly opposed to having American weapons William, rather than the Holy Loch in Dunoon.
January 10, 1957: Harold Macmillan accepts the Queen's invitation to become Prime Minister following the sudden resignation of Sir Anthony Eden.
1986: Lord Stockton, the former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, above, dies aged 92.
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It looked as though Macmillan had had a hot flush in the middle of the night" Political reporter Chris Moncrieff recalling his first cabinet reshuffle, the Night of the Long Knives in 1962, when Harold Macmillan sacked seven senior Ministers in one go.
Harold Macmillan had also become Prime Minister and when he was elevated to the House of Lords he chose Stockton for his title.