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1979: Election victory for Margaret Thatcher
The Conservative Party wins the general election making Margaret Thatcher Britain's first woman prime minister.

1982: Argentines destroy HMS Sheffield
The British ship HMS Sheffield is sunk by an Argentine missile fired from a fighter bomber.

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.

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

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


Around this Day

1 May
Top Story: 1945: Germany announces Hitler is dead

2 May
Top Story: 1997: Labour routs Tories in historic election

3 May
Top Story: 1986: Bomb kills 21 in Sri Lanka

5 May
Top Story: 1980: SAS rescue ends Iran embassy siege

6 May
Top Story: 1966: Moors murderers jailed for life

7 May
Top Story: 1945: Germany signs unconditional surrender


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