Alec Douglas-Home

British Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home Full Name: Alec Douglas-Home
Nationality: English

Profession: British Prime Minister
Why Famous: Alec Douglas-Home became Prime Minister unexpectedly in 1963 when Harold Macmillan resigned in the wake of the Profumo affair.

To do this Douglas-Home, then sitting in the House of Lords, had to reject his peerage and win a by-election in order to enter the House of Commons.

However Douglas-Home was only leader for 363 days, losing the General election to Harold Wilson's Labour Party in 1964. He later served as Foreign Secretary under Edward Heath's government 1970-74.

His major achievement as Prime Minister was the abolition of resale price maintenance.

Born: July 2, 1903
Star Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Died: October 9, 1995 (aged 92)

Historical Events in the Life of Alec Douglas-Home

  • 1963-10-09 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan resigns and is replaced by Alec Douglas-Home
  • 1963-10-20 Alec Douglas-Home forms British government
  • 1965-07-22 Edward Heath succeeds Alec Douglas-Home as leader of the British Conservative party

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