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5 changes since the last British Wimbledon champ

Monday - 7/8/2013, 10:48am  ET

FILE - In this July 2, 2005, file photo, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, center, watches a seminfinal between Andy Roddick and Thomas Johansson on Centre Court at Wimbledon. At left is Thatcher's daughter Carol Thatcher and at right is General Sir Mike Jackson. The office of prime minister changed hands 16 times between Wimbledon titles for Fred Perry and Andy Murray. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

LONDON (AP) -- Five notable changes that took place in Britain in the 77 years that elapsed between Wimbledon titles for Fred Perry and Andy Murray, who ended Britain's drought on Sunday:

1. MANY BIRTHDAYS: Queen Elizabeth II was 10 at the time of Perry's victory in 1936 and still known as Princess Elizabeth. Her coronation was in 1953.

2. MANY WINNERS: A total of 39 different men representing 12 different countries won the men's title at Wimbledon, including one from the now-nonexistent country of Czechoslovakia (Jan Kodes).

3. CHANGES IN PARLIAMENT: The office of Prime Minister exchanged hands 16 times. Some notables: Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher.

4. A NEW WORLD: More than a dozen countries in Africa and large chunks of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, were granted independence from the British Empire.

5. PRICE IS RIGHT: Price for a grounds pass has gone from 3 shillings to 8 pounds ($12). The British stopped issuing shillings for circulation in 1967.


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