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Margaret Thatcher, beside her husband Denis, waves to crowds from Downing Street 4 May
1979: Election victory for Margaret Thatcher

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


Bomb damage to the Brighton Grand Hotel facade 12 October
1984: Tory Cabinet in Brighton bomb blast
A bomb explodes at the Conservative Party conference in Brighton in a direct attack on the British Government.

Margaret Thatcher receiving a rapturous applause 10 October
1980: Thatcher 'not for turning'
The prime minister makes a memorably defiant speech at her party's conference in Brighton.

Servicemen escape the burning Sir Galahad on 8 June (PA) 14 June
1982: Ceasefire agreed in Falklands
A ceasefire between British and Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands is agreed, the prime minister announces.

Margaret Thatcher 15 June
1971: Councils defy Thatcher milk ban
Opposition is growing to Margaret Thatcher's plans to end free school milk for children over the age of seven.

Margaret Thatcher
11 Feb 1975: Tories choose first woman leader

18 Feb 1981: Thatcher gives in to miners

30 Nov 1982: Animal activists bomb Downing Street

09 Jun 1983: Thatcher wins landslide victory

21 Mar 1984: EEC summit collapses over rebate row

29 Jan 1985: Thatcher snubbed by Oxford dons

03 Mar 1985: Miners call off year-long strike

11 Jun 1987: Thatcher wins record third term

05 Dec 1989: Thatcher beats off leadership rival

31 Mar 1990: Violence flares in poll tax demonstration

20 Nov 1990: Thatcher fails to win party mandate

22 Nov 1990: Thatcher quits as prime minister

28 Nov 1990: Tearful farewell from Iron Lady

28 Jun 1991: Thatcher to retire from Commons

30 Jun 1992: Thatcher takes her place in Lords
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