Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published Monday, April 8, 2013 at 5:48 AM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

Milestones in the life of Margaret Thatcher

Milestones in the life and career of Britain's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:

The Associated Press

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
No comments have been posted to this article.
Start the conversation >

advertising

LONDON —

Milestones in the life and career of Britain's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:

Oct. 13, 1925: Born in Grantham, central England.

June 1947: Graduates from Oxford with chemistry degree.

Dec. 13, 1951: Marries wealthy oil executive Denis Thatcher.

Aug. 15, 1953: Gives birth to twins, Mark and Carol.

June 1, 1954: Qualifies as lawyer.

Oct. 8, 1959: Elected to Parliament.

June 20, 1970: Becomes education secretary.

Feb. 11, 1975: Elected leader of Conservative Party.

May 3, 1979: Wins national elections, becomes Europe's first female prime minister.

March 1, 1981: Refuses to concede demands of Irish Republican Army convicts for prisoner-of-war status in Northern Ireland, inspiring a hunger strike. Ten inmates starve to death over following seven months.

Sept. 14, 1981: Dumps or reassigns most of her moderate ministers in Cabinet reshuffle.

April 2, 1982: Argentina invades Falkland Islands, a British territory in the South Atlantic. Thatcher sends a naval task force that recovers the islands after a 74-day war.

June 9, 1983: Wins second term.

Oct. 12, 1984: Survives IRA assassination bid after time bomb explodes near her room in hotel hosting Conservative Party conference. Five others killed, 32 wounded.

Dec. 15, 1984: Becomes first Western leader to meet Mikhail Gorbachev as he visits London prior to becoming Soviet Union's leader.

Dec. 19, 1984: Signs accord with Chinese Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang to cede the British colony of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

Nov. 15, 1985: Signs Anglo Irish Agreement that gives the Republic of Ireland a role in Northern Ireland for the first time. Move infuriates province's Protestant majority.

Jan. 9, 1986: Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns in dispute over moves to rescue the failing Westland helicopter company. Triggers a Cabinet crisis that pushes Thatcher close to resignation.

April 15, 1986: Allows U.S. to bomb Libya with aircraft based in Britain.

Aug. 1, 1986: Cabinet unanimously supports her resistance to sanctions against South Africa.

March 28, 1987: Travels to Moscow for talks with Gorbachev, strengthens role as key player in arms control negotiations.

June 11, 1987: Wins third term.

Jan. 3, 1988: Becomes Britain's longest continuously serving prime minister of 20th century.

Nov. 22, 1990: Announces resignation after party revolt.

Nov. 28, 1990: Succeeded by John Major as prime minister.

June 26, 1992: Becomes Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, a member of the unelected House of Lords with a lifetime title.

March 22, 2002: Ends public speaking after a series of strokes.

June 26, 2003: Her husband dies.

April 8, 2013: Dies of stroke.

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

The Seattle Times photographs

Seattle space needle and mountains

Purchase The Seattle Times images


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►