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1964 February 2: British Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home and his wife Lady Elizabeth drive through the Manchester rain after landing at Ringway Airport.
Before the year was out, Tory Prime Minister Harold Macmillan quit and was replaced by Sir Alec Douglas-Home, who lost the general election.
1963: Sir Alec Douglas-Home succeeded Harold Macmillan as prime minister.
1 Sir Alec Douglas-Home resigned as Tory leader 2 Ringo Starr married Liverpool hairdresser Maureen Cox 3 The Prime Ministers of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic met for the first time on Irish soil 4 Liverpool won the FA Cup for the first time impossipuzzles "Drive slower, Sean," Maya exclaimed, as the car swerved back into its proper lane.
During her reign, Her Majesty has given regular audiences to 12 Prime Ministers - Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron.
To give them their credit, they did their best: It is 50 years since Sir Alec Douglas-Home was their prime minister, since when no British PM has had a U in either their first name or surname.
Representatives from more than 90 countries attended the state funeral and requiem mass including Prince Philip, Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Harold Wilson for Britain, Ireland's President de Valera, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and France's President de Gaulle.
Fifty years ago, the then Prime Minister, Harold MacMillan resigned and imposed Sir Alec Douglas-Home on the people as his successor.
Author and journalist Jamie Douglas-Home, nephew of former prime minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home, writes that the grandstand has "as much atmosphere as a Glasgow railway station on a rainy day" and that the paddock is "so featureless it made the moon's Sea of Tranquility look interesting".
It had been passed down through the Douglas family to Sir Alec Douglas-Home of the Hirsel, the former Prime Minister.
According to The Sun, academics led by University of Leeds Professor Kevin Theakston rated him tenth out of the 12 post-war premiers, ahead of Sir Anthony Eden and Sir Alec Douglas-Home, two men who have long been associated with failure.