John Profumo

Born Jan 30, 1915

Brigadier John Dennis Profumo, 5th Baron Profumo CBE, informally known as Jack Profumo, was a British politician. His title, 5th Baron, which he did not use, was Italian. Although Profumo held an increasingly responsible series of political posts in the 1950s, he is best known today for his involvement in a 1963 scandal involving a prostitute.… Read More

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1915 Birth Born on January 30, 1915.


1939 24 Years Old On 1 July 1939 he was commissioned into the Royal Armoured Corps as a second lieutenant, service number 92407. … Read More
Profumo was born in Kensington, London, the son of Albert Profumo, 4th Baron Profumo, a diplomat and barrister of Italian origin, who died in 1940. … Read More
1944 29 Years Old Major (temporary Lieutenant colonel) Profumo was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) (military) "in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy", on 21 December 1944. … Read More


1945 30 Years Old 1 More Event
At the 1945 election Profumo was defeated at Kettering by a Labour candidate, Dick Mitchison.
1950 35 Years Old In 1950 he left the army and at the general election in February 1950 he was elected for Stratford-on-Avon in Warwickshire, a safe Conservative seat. … Read More
1952 37 Years Old He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation in November 1952, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation in November 1953, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies in January 1957, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office in November 1958, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in January 1959. … Read More
1954 39 Years Old In 1954 he married the actress Valerie Hobson.


1961 46 Years Old In July 1961, at a party at Cliveden, home of Viscount Astor, Profumo met Christine Keeler, a model with whom he began a sexual relationship. … Read More
1962 47 Years Old 1 More Event
The Conservative Party had, however, been suffering a decline in popularity for some time before the Profumo Affair, which could be traced back to the failed application to join the European common market and the Night of the Long Knives in July 1962, which had seen Macmillan dismiss seven members of his cabinet in an attempt to restore the government's popularity. … Read More
1964 49 Years Old The scandal rocked the Conservative government, and was generally held to have been among the causes of its defeat by Labour at the 1964 election. Macmillan had already gone by then, having resigned in October 1963 to be succeeded by Alec Douglas-Home.


1975 60 Years Old Profumo was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1975, and received the honour at a Buckingham Palace ceremony from Queen Elizabeth II, signalling his return to respectability.
1989 74 Years Old Profumo maintained complete public silence about the matter for the rest of his life, even when the 1989 film Scandal - in which he was played by Ian McKellen - and the publication of Keeler's memoirs revived public interest in the affair. … Read More
1995 80 Years Old In 1995, former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher invited him to her 70th birthday dinner, where he sat next to the Queen. … Read More
2005 90 Years Old His last appearance was at the memorial service for Sir Edward Heath on 8 November 2005.
2006 91 Years Old 1 More Event
On 7 March 2006, Profumo suffered a stroke and was admitted to London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. … Read More
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