James Callaghan

British Prime Minister James Callaghan Full Name: James Callaghan
Nationality: English

Profession: British Prime Minister
Why Famous: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979 and the Leader of the Labour Party from 1976 to 1980.

Remembered for the "Winter of Discontent" in 1978–79. During a very cold winter, his battle with trade unions led to massive strikes that seriously inconvenienced the public, leading to his defeat in the polls by Margaret Thatcher.

Born: March 27, 1912
Star Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

Died: March 26, 2005 (aged 92)
Cause of Death: Lobar pneumonia, cardiac failure and kidney failure

Historical Events in the Life of James Callaghan

  • 1969-01-09 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill travels to London to meet Home Secretary James Callaghan and brief him on the growing violence in Northern Ireland
  • 1970-02-01 Northern Ireland PM Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary James Callaghan to discuss the economy of Northern Ireland
  • 1971-03-25 James Callaghan speaks at a rally of the Northern Ireland labour movement, but rejects calls for the Labour Party to open membership to those living in N. Ireland
  • 1976-04-05 Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • 1979-01-10 The Sun paper headline is 'Crisis? What Crisis?' as UK Prime Minister James Callaghan denies that the country is in chaos during the 'Winter of Discontent' strike wave

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