Milestones in the life and career of Britain’s former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:
Oct. 13,1925: Born at Grantham,central England.
June 1947: Graduates from Oxford with a chemistry degree.
Dec. 13,1951: Marries Denis Thatcher,a wealthy oil executive.
Aug. 15,1953: Gives birth to twins,Mark and Carol.
June 1,1954: Qualifies as a lawyer.
Oct. 8,1959: Elected to Parliament.
June 20,1970: Becomes education secretary.
Feb. 11,1975: Elected leader of the Conservative Party.
May 3,1979: Wins national elections,becomes prime minister.
June 9,1983: Wins second term.
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: John Major succeeds her 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 suffering a series of small strokes.
June 26,2003: Her husband,Sir Denis Thatcher,dies.
April 8,2013: Dies of stroke.