The day Winston Churchill was made an honorary citizen of the United States is observed each year on April 9.
On this very day in 1963, a ceremony for honorary citizenship presided over by President John F. Kennedy, took place for Winston Churchill. Churchill was not present at the ceremony, but his son and grandson were able to attend.
Honorary though his citizenship may be, Churchill can uniquely trace his roots back to Virginia by way of Brooklyn, New York. His mother was American, Jennie Jerome. Her marriage to Lord Randolph Churchill produced two children: John Spencer and Winston.
It was the first occasion in U.S. history honorary citizenship was granted. It has only been given seven other times since, and of those, six have been posthumous. The remaining one awarded during the person’s lifetime was given to Mother Teresa in 1996.
Quite the rare honor, even for a man who had received many honors throughout his lifetime.
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