William McMahon Birthday, Date of Birth

William McMahon

Sir William McMahon, (23 February 1908 – 31 March 1988) was an Australian politician who served as the 20th Prime Minister of Australia, in office from 1971 to 1972 as leader of the Liberal Party. He was a government minister for over 21 years, the longest continuous ministerial service in Australian history.

McMahon was born and raised in Sydney, and worked as a commercial lawyer before entering politics. He served in the Australian Army during World War II, reaching the rank of major. After the war's end he returned to university to complete an economics degree. McMahon was elected to the House of Representatives at the 1949 federal election. Robert Menzies promoted him to the ministry in 1951 and added him to cabinet in 1956. He held several different portfolios in the Menzies Government, most notably as Minister for Labour and National Service from 1958 to 1966. In that capacity he oversaw the reintroduction of conscription in 1964.

In 1966, Menzies retired and was replaced as prime minister by Harold Holt. McMahon then succeeded Holt as deputy leader of the Liberal Party. He was appointed Treasurer in the Holt Government, and over the following three years oversaw a large reduction in the national deficit. After Holt's death in 1967, McMahon wished to contest the Liberal leadership but had his candidacy vetoed by John McEwen, the leader of the Country Party. The new prime minister was John Gorton. McMahon initially continued on as Treasurer in the Gorton Government, but in 1969 was demoted to Minister for External Affairs after an unsuccessful challenge for the leadership. He eventually forced Gorton's resignation in early 1971, winning a vote against Billy Snedden.

McMahon became prime minister at the age of 63, and remains the oldest non-interim prime minister to take office. His government has been described by the Australian Dictionary of Biography as "a blend of cautious innovation and fundamental orthodoxy". It continued many of the policies of its immediate predecessors, such as the phased withdrawal of Australian troops from Vietnam. In its final year it faced high inflation and unemployment. Gough Whitlam's Labor Party defeated McMahon at the 1972 federal election, ending 23 consecutive years of Coalition rule. No other Australian prime minister has served for longer without winning a general election. He resigned the Liberal leadership, but remained in parliament until 1982 as a backbencher.

McMahon has been described as one of Australia's worst prime ministers by Australian political scientists and historians, and after leaving office several of his former colleagues openly criticised his leadership style and personal character. However, Whitlam acknowledged him as "an extraordinarily skilful, resourceful and tenacious politician", and credited him with having prevented a larger margin of defeat in 1972.

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Birthday, Date of Birth
Sunday, February 23, 1908
Place of Birth
Redfern
Age
113
Star Sign

The February 23, 1908 was a Sunday under the star sign of . It was the 53 day of the year. President of the United States was Theodore Roosevelt.

If you were born on this day, you are 113 years old. Your last birthday was on the Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 5 days ago. Your next birthday is on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, in 359 days. You have lived for 41,279 days, or about 990,699 hours, or about 59,441,962 minutes, or about seconds.

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23rd of February 1908 News

News as it appeared on the front page of the New York Times on February 23, 1908

STUDEBAKER AT GOSHEN.; Arrives at 10 o'Clock and Leaves at 10:15 for South Bend.

Date: 24 February 1908

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THE STEEL TRADE POSITION.; Circumstantial Stories of Price-Cutting in Pig and Billets in Pennsylvania.

Date: 24 February 1908

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TRAIN KILLS SIX, WRECKING A STAGE; All Members of Spring Valley Party, Returning from Nyack Basket Ball Game. FOUR KILLED OUTRIGHT Two Others Die Before Reaching Hospital -- Three Injured -- Dispute as to Whether Gates Were Lowered.

Date: 24 February 1908

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6 killed when Ontario & Western RR train runs into stage at West Nyack grade crossing

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Latest Shipping News.

Date: 23 February 1908

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LITTLE AGAINST FEUD SUSPECTS; Police Fear There Is Small Chance of Connecting Italians Held with Marchinne's Death. ANOTHER MAN ARRESTED Salvatore Scotere, Who Came from Dead Man's Home, Thought to Know Something of the Vendetta.

Date: 24 February 1908

police see little chance of proving 3 suspects now under arrest were involved in murder; arrest S Scotere, former friend of Marchinne, in hopes he may reveal new facts about case

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MILLION MEN NEEDED, GEN. GRANT DECLARES; Tells Society of 'the Cincinnati Diners of the Dangers of an Invasion. "MALEFACTORS" DEFENDED Gen. Warren Says the Idea Now Is to Prosecute 99 Innocent Stockholders to Get One Guilty Man.

Date: 23 February 1908

Maj Gen F D Grant tells NY Soc members 1 million men would be needed to repel invasion by Japanese; notes US mil forces, including state mil, are well under that strength, s, NYC

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HATFIELD-M'COY FEUD HAS HAD 60 VICTIMS; It Started 48 Years Ago Over a Pig That Swam the Tug River. TOM HATFIELD DIED LATELY Found Tied to a Tree -- Governors of Kentucky and West Virginia Have Been Involved in Mountain War.

Date: 24 February 1908

Hatfield-McCoy feud recalled on death of its 60th victim

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HOLIDAY KITE FEST ON HARLEM HEIGHTS; All the Boys Out and Some Older Folk Along with the Youngsters. ALL KINDS OF KITES THERE A Cripple Made Happy When He Was Allowed to Hold the Strings to Two Kites.

Date: 23 February 1908

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CHRISTENDOM'S CHAMPIONS IN MACEDONIA; Each of the European Powers Wants to Improve the Situation in the Balkans, but in a Way to Help Their Own Interests. Instead of Devoting Their Energies to Their Humanitarian Mission They Are Occupied in Quarreling Over Railway Concessions.

Date: 23 February 1908

By STEPHEN BONSAL

Stephen BONSAL

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COL. ASTOR CLOSES ROAD.; Adds It to Rhinebeck Estate and Neighbors Protest.

Date: 23 February 1908

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Neighbors of Rhinebeck estate protest his closing of rd which runs through estate to town of Rhinebeck

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