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The Late Movies: Churchill Speeches

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British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was a master orator, delivering many compelling, moving speeches during his tenure as leader. Here, six of his most stirring moments in public discourse.

Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat, 1940

On this day in 1940, Churchill made his first speech after being offered the position of Prime Minister in the first year of World War II. He announced, " I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."

The Great Declaration, 1941

In June 1941, Churchill delivered a compelling speech about the Nazi threat. "We cannot see how deliverance will come or when it will come, but nothing is more certain that every trace of Hitler's footsteps, every stain of his infected, corroding fingers will be sponged and purged and, if need be, blasted from the surface of the earth," he said.

Do Your Worst, 1941

Churchill spoke before the London County Council, proposing words which might be directed to Hitler, " 'We will have no truce or parley with you, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will. You do your worst - and we will do our best.' Perhaps it may be our turn soon; perhaps it may be our turn now."

Now We Are Masters of Our Fate, 1941

On December 26, 1941, Churchill stood before a joint session of the U.S. Congress and said, "Now we are the masters of our fate; that the task which has been set us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our cause and an unconquerable will-power, salvation will not be denied us."

German Surrender, 1945

"We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing; but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead," Churchill proclaimed when announcing that the Germans had surrendered.

Sinews of Peace, 1946

At Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, Churchill explained the Iron Curtain. "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent," he said.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

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