Home of the Hirsel


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Home of the Hirsel

Baron, title of Sir Alec Douglas-Home, formerly 14th Earl of Home. 1903--95, British Conservative statesman: he renounced his earldom to become prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1963--64); foreign secretary (1970--74)
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It had been passed down through the Douglas family to Sir Alec Douglas Home of the Hirsel, another Prime Minister.
Alson on this day: 1899: The first petrol-driven motor bus began operating in London; 1940: Birth of Beatle John Lennon; 1947: The first call between a car telephone and a phone in a plane was made above Wilmington, Delaware, in the United States; 1967: Legendary Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara captured and shot in the village of La Higuera near Vallegrande in Bolivia; 1988: Death of England & Newcastle United footballer Jackie Milburn, uncle of the Charlton brothers; 1995: Death of former Prime Minister Lord Home of the Hirsel.
Anniversaries: 1779: The first Luddite riots began in Manchester against the introduction of machinery for spinning cotton; 1899: The first petrol-driven motor bus began operating in London; 1940: Birth of Beatle John Lennon; 1947: The first call between a car telephone and a phone in a plane was made above Wilmington, Delaware, in the United States; 1967: Legendary Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara captured and shot in the village of La Higuera near Vallegrande in Bolivia; 1995: Death of former Prime Minister Lord Home of the Hirsel.

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