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Margaret Thatcher, beside her husband Denis, waves to crowds from Downing Street 1979: Election victory for Margaret Thatcher

The Conservative Party wins the general election making Margaret Thatcher Britain's first woman prime minister.

HMS Sheffield on fire in the South Atlantic 1982: Argentines destroy HMS Sheffield
The British ship HMS Sheffield is sunk by an Argentine missile fired from a fighter bomber.

Ken Livingstone 2000: Ken Livingstone voted London mayor
The London Mayoral contest ends in victory for Ken Livingstone, the independent candidate and maverick MP expelled from the Labour Party.

Harold Wilson with pipe - March 1966 1966: Doctors and dentists get huge pay rise
Harold Wilson's government agrees to increase doctors' and dentists' salaries by up to 30% after fears thousands of GPs would leave the Health Service for private practice

The Duke landing his Harvard aircraft 1953: Duke of Edinburgh gets his wings
The Duke of Edinburgh is awarded his pilot's "wings" during a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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