Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS is a British politician and longest-serving (1979–1990) British prime minister of the 20th century, and the only woman to have held the post. Dubbed the "Iron Lady" for her firm opposition to the Soviet Union, she implemented a number of conservative policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism.… Read More

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1925 Birth Thatcher was born Margaret Hilda Roberts on 13 October 1925, in Grantham, Lincolnshire. … Read More


1942 17 Years Old …  She was head girl in 1942–43. … Read More


1945 - 1948 3 More Events
Officials of the association were so impressed by her that they asked her to apply, even though she was not on the Conservative Party's approved list: she was selected in January 1951, aged 25, and added to the approved list post ante.
1953 28 Years Old Denis funded his wife's studies for the bar; she qualified as a barrister in 1953 and specialised in taxation. … Read More
1954 29 Years Old In 1954, Thatcher was defeated when she sought selection to be the Conservative party candidate for the Orpington by-election of January 1955.


1955 - 1958 2 More Events
Originally a research chemist before becoming a barrister, Thatcher was elected Member of Parliament for Finchley in 1959. … Read More
1961 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961 she went against the Conservative Party's official position by voting for the restoration of birching as a judicial corporal punishment. … Read More
1964 39 Years Old After the Conservatives lost the 1964 election she became spokesman on Housing and Land, in which position she advocated her party's policy of allowing tenants to buy their council houses.


She moved to the Shadow Treasury team in 1966 and, as Treasury spokesman, opposed Labour's mandatory price and income controls, arguing that they would produce effects contrary to those intended and distort the economy.
1967 42 Years Old In 1967, the United States Embassy in London chose Thatcher to take part in the International Visitor Leadership Program (then called the Foreign Leader Program), a professional exchange programme that gave her the opportunity to spend about six weeks visiting various US cities and political figures as well as institutions such as the International Monetary Fund. … Read More
1970 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Shortly before the 1970 general election, she was promoted to Shadow Transport spokesman and later to Education.
1973 48 Years Old The television critic Clive James, writing in The Observer during the voting for the leadership, compared her voice of 1973 to a cat sliding down a blackboard. … Read More


1976 - 1978 3 More Events
In a meeting in July 1979 with the Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington and Home Secretary William Whitelaw she objected to the number of Asian immigrants, in the context of limiting the number of Vietnamese boat people allowed to settle in the UK to fewer than 10,000. … Read More
1980 - 1982 3 More Events
Thatcher became closely aligned with the Cold War policies of United States President Ronald Reagan, based on their shared distrust of Communism, A more serious disagreement came in 1983 when Reagan did not consult with her on the invasion of Grenada.
After the two-year negotiations, Thatcher conceded to the PRC government and signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration in Beijing in 1984, agreeing to hand over Hong Kong's sovereignty in 1997. … Read More


In protest the Ulster Says No movement attracted 100,000 to a rally in Belfast, Ian Gow resigned as Minister of State in the HM Treasury, and all fifteen Unionist MPs resigned their parliamentary seats; only one was not returned in the subsequent by-elections on 23 January 1986. … Read More
Thatcher was re-elected for a third term in 1987. … Read More
1988 - 1989 4 More Events
She resigned as Prime Minister and party leader in November 1990, after Michael Heseltine launched a challenge to her leadership. … Read More
1991 - 2004 13 More Events
In early 2005 Thatcher criticised the way the decision to invade Iraq had been made two years previously. … Read More
2006 - 2009 6 More Events
2011 86 Years Old 1 More Event
On 4 July 2011, Thatcher was to attend a ceremony for the unveiling of a 10-foot statue to former US President Ronald Reagan, outside the American Embassy in London, but was unable to attend due to her frail health.
2013 88 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2013, she died of another stroke in London at the age of 87.
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