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Margaret Thatcher: Milestones

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

Written by Associated Press | London | Published: April 8, 2013 8:12:42 pm

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.

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