It was the time when the first bombs were falling on Britain and the Third Reich was conducting an invasion of the Benelux.
British prime minister Winston Churchill held his famous speech on “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” on this day in 1940. The speech was held in the House of Commons only three days after he was appointed prime minister. This occurred at the time the first German bombs were falling on Britain and the Third Reich was conducting an invasion of the Benelux.
Churchill’s speech is remembered chiefly for the sentence: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat”. It is considered to be the best and most famous speech in his entire career, surpassing even other greats such as “We shall fight on the beaches”, “This was their finest hour”, and “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”. An interesting fact about the speech was that it was rather short (it had 680 words and lasted around five minutes).