- The British have a history of being unlucky on American shores, and in the winter of 1931, Winston S. Churchill was no exception. Alighting from a cab on Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side, Churchill, accustomed to his home country’s driving conventions, looked right on the then-two way avenue when he should have looked left.
He was hit, dragged and tossed into the street by a car rushing by.
Churchill spent two weeks in the hospital. But it was not all bad: Instead of continuing on the lecture tour, said his granddaughter, Celia Sandys, he received, to his delight, a prescription for medicinal alcohol. (It was during Prohibition.) He then took a recuperative trip to the Bahamas.
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