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Rt Hon Harold Holt
|17th Prime Minister of Australia|
26 January 1966 – 17 December 1967
|Preceded by||Robert Menzies|
|Succeeded by||John McEwen|
5 August 1908|
Sydney, New South Wales
17 December 1967 (aged 59)|
Point Nepean, Victoria
Harold Edward Holt (5 August 1908 – 17 December 1967) was the 17th Prime Minister of Australia. He became Prime Minister after the retirement of Robert Menzies. He supported the United States in the Vietnam War. He disappeared while swimming at a beach in Victoria in December 1967. His body was never found. Many urban Australian myths surround his disppearance.
On the day of his disappearance, the guards at the gate of Point Nepean told Percy Cenulty, who held a camp that day at Point Nepean, that Harold Holt wasn't in the car that went through the gate. Theories state that Harold never went to the beach that day. The second night, the Springvale Necropolis was surrounded by military For the whole night. This has not happened ever before and since.
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