The Birth of Winston Churchill
Famed statesman Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' bathroom during a formal ball.
Behind the Legend
On matters such as these, we defer to experts -- in this case, Roy Gilbert, historian and Webmaster of WinstonChurchillIsAGod.com.
From Gilbert, we learned two things. The first was that a "formal ball" was a kind of large, 19th-century dance. This was a great relief to some of us who had suspected a very different meaning.
The second was the truth behind the circumstances of Churchill's birth. As Gilbert puts it on his Web site:
The Churchills arrived at Blenheim Palace -- the closest palace at the time -- and asked for a room in which the fruit of Lady Churchill's loins could be dropped from the tree. Unfortunately, a grand ball was taking place at the moment, and there was no room to be had. The Churchills had to make do with a bed of hay in the manger behind the palace. It is there that little Winston Churchill was born.