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Anniversary of “Iron Curtain” Speech
Churchill speech a lesson for the present
By William Horsley
BBC European affairs correspondent
In his "Iron Curtain" speech, delivered exactly 64 years ago, Winston Churchill brilliantly defined an era. The speech may also have lessons for the present.
It was a heroic but troubled time. The world was in turmoil after the most terrible conflict in human history.
On 5 March 1946 Churchill was no longer the UK's prime minister but he still enjoyed a giant reputation around the world.
So US President Harry Truman himself travelled 1,000 miles to Fulton, Missouri, to hear Churchill give a speech after receiving an honorary degree at Westminster College there.
It would become one of the most famous speeches of the century.