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Harold Wilson

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson

Profession: British Prime Minister


Biography: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976, Wilson was a moderate socialist who placed emphasis on increasing opportunity within society,

Wilson's first period as Prime Minister coincided with a period of low unemployment and relative economic prosperity. His second government though accomplished little as the leadership split over Europe and trade union issues began tearing Labour apart.

Though generally not his initiatives, Wilson's government brought liberal change in a number of social areas. These included the liberalization of laws on censorship, divorce, homosexuality, immigration, abortion and the abolition of capital punishment.

Born: March 11, 1916
Birthplace: Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: May 24, 1995 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1940-01-01 68th Prime Minister of UK Harold Wilson (23) weds poet Mary Baldwin (23) in the chapel of Mansfield College, Oxford

Historical Events

  • 1964-10-16 Harold Wilson's Labour party wins British election
  • 1966-03-31 Labour Party under Harold Wilson win British parliamentary election
  • 1968-03-15 British Foreign Secretary George Brown resigns after having a drunken row with Prime Minister Harold Wilson
  • 1968-10-30 Jack Lynch, Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), meets with Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister, in London, calling for the ending of partition as a means to resolve the unrest in Northern Ireland
  • 1968-11-04 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill meets British Prime Minister Harold Wilson for talks on Northern Ireland; Wilson states no change of constitutional position of Northern Ireland possible without consent of the its people
  • 1971-04-06 During a debate at Westminster on Northern Ireland, Harold Wilson of the Labour Party claims that a draft Bill for the imposition of direct rule exists
  • 1971-11-25 British Labour Party leader Harold Wilson proposes Britain should work towards a withdrawal from Northern Ireland, and after 15 years; the Republic of Ireland could rejoin the British Commonwealth
  • 1972-07-18 Leader of the British Labour Party Harold Wilson holds meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army
  • 1974-03-04 Harold Wilson replaces resigning Edward Heath as British premier
  • 1974-10-10 Labour Party led by Harold Wilson wins UK general election
  • 1976-03-16 British Prime Minister Harold Wilson announces his resignation
  • 1976-04-05 Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Quotes by Harold Wilson

  • "He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."

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