Winston Churchill visits Miami

After Winston Churchill led a battle-scarred Great Britain through the ravages of World War II, he sought sun and tranquility — and found them in Miami. On doctor’s orders to escape England’s winter, he vacationed here on New Year’s Day 1946, about eight months after the war in Europe ended. While here, he painted scenes of the beach and visited Hialeah Park to watch the races. In February 1946, Churchill received an honorary degree from the University of Miami. He accepted it before an audience of 17,500 at what was then called the Burdine Bowl, later renamed the Orange Bowl.


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