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On Saturday January 23, 1965, the condition of Winston Churchill continued to deteriorate as the 90 year-old lay ill at 28 Hyde Park Gate, his London home. Lord Moran, his long-time physician, arrived to see him late in the morning and after a half an hour visit issued a bulletin at 11:51 A.M. stating that the former prime minister had had a quiet night but there had been no change in his condition. This was the 16th bulletin issued on Churchill’s medical condition since the announcement on January 15th that he was unwell. He had suffered a cerebral thrombosis on January 10th. The British public had been warned to prepare for Churchill’s passing. On January 20th the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Michael Ramsay, had told a Church of England convocation that, “as we meet today, our hearts go out to a great man who is approaching death and to his family around him.” Prime Minister Harold Wilson had cancelled his trip to Berlin and Bonn scheduled for the end of the week, politicians declined radio and television appearances, and the House of Commons which remained in session was subdued. Even a strike by school headmasters was put off. While Churchill’s condition continued to ebb, his third great grandson, Randolph Leonard Spencer-Churchill, had been born on the night of January 22nd to Winston and Minnie Churchill. At about 8:40 on the evening of January 23rd, Lord Moran returned to Hyde Park Gate and after about an hour he issued a further bulletin. It read “Sir Winston has had a restful day, but there has been some deterioration in his condition.” The next bulletin, it noted, would be issued in the morning.

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