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Among various mundane considerations, such as being Tuesday, today also happens to be Winston Churchill Day. Admittedly, W. C. Day isn’t exactly the most well-known commemorative day. It’s definitely way below Earth Day, for instance, which is coming up on the April 22. But I do like to think that it’s got more legs - as it were - than National Dance Like a Chicken Day (May 14). One can only hope.
Regardless, April 9 marks the day that Churchill was made an honorary U.S. citizen. There have been only seven, ever, and only two of those managed to still be alive when they received the honor - our man Winston, and Mother Teresa. Churchill definitely wins over Mother T. when it comes to loving wine. He was particularly known for his fondness for Champagne, hence the famous quote, “Remember, gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” He also loved good Bordeaux and port.
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