Margaret Thatcher 1925-2013
Maggie Thatcher was born
Margaret Hilda Roberts. She was Britain's
prime minister from 1979-1990. And what a performance the woman
Margaret's father was
Alfred Roberts. Her mother was
Beatrice Ethel Stephenson.
On December 13, 1951, Margaret married
the good natured man Denis Thatcher.
Margaret Thatcher did many things that you
and I didn't do.
She studied chemistry at Oxford,
worked as a research chemist, practiced law, had twins (Mark and
Carol), became Great
Britainís first woman prime minister, led her country through the
Falkland Island War, almost died in a terrorist attack,
Ronald Reagan's hand repeatedly, was called
Lady, and was (finally) made Baroness.
Thatcher in 1935
I'm extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.
As God once said, and I think rightly...
It may be the cock that crows, but it is
the hen that lays the eggs.
Being powerful is like being a lady. If
you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
Look at a day when you are supremely
satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing
nothing; it's when you've had everything to do and you've done it.
Margaret Thatcher —
The Iron Lady
You would be surprised to know how many
women in history have been given
the nickname Iron Lady. But then again, maybe you wouldn't and
you're addressing the missus in that very fashion as we speak.
How did Ms Thatcher became the Iron
First she delivered her
Britain Awake speech at the Kensington Town Hall in Chelsea
on January 19, 1976. Then, on January 24, 1976, the Red Star,
a Soviet Army newspaper, labeled her as Iron Lady.
This term was readily picked up by the
press, communist and western alike. Margaret Thatcher
and her campaign managers were delighted and gladly accepted the new name that fit like a glove.
Evening Standard article enlighten you a bit further.
And if you read the article, here is
Otto von Bismarck.
And here is Bismarck's
Blood and Iron speech to close
on Margaret Thatcher
October 12, 1984, Brighton, England - The following is a brief
excerpt from the brilliant book Just 2 Seconds (Gavin de
Becker et al.)
Three weeks before Thatcher was to
attend the Tory conference, IRA bomber Patrick Magee
checked into room 629 at the Grand Hotel.
He spent 24 days tearing down a
bathroom wall, loading 100 pounds of gelignite explosive inside
the space, rigging a delay timer, and then rebuilding the wall
without leaving a trace.
The bomb exploded, killing four,
wounding 34, and destroying the hotel. Thatcher was in her room
five floors below, but was not injured. A sweep with bomb dogs
had missed the bomb because it was on a floor above the
Assassinations in History.
Margaret Thatcher —
On December 18, 1979, Margaret Thatcher gave her
Speech, also called The West in the World Today Speech. It was
delivered before the Foreign Policy Association at the Hilton Hotel
in New York.
On October 10, 1980, Margaret Thatcher
spoke at the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton and gave her
The Lady's Not for Turning speech.
On May 21, 1988, Margaret Thatcher
Sermon on the Mound before the General Assembly of the
Church of Scotland, in Edinburgh. Her speech was so nicknamed by the
press because the event took place at the Assembly Hall of the
Church of Scotland, which is located on a hill named the Mound in
the center of Edinburgh.
Ronald Reagan died on June 5, 2004. On
June 11, 2004, Margaret Thatcher was present at his funeral, and via
video tape, due to health reasons, delivered her
Tribute to Ronald Reagan at the National Cathedral in
Margaret Thatcher's right hand was
Geoffrey Howe. When Howe left the ship and resigned in 1990,
it went downhill fast for the Lady.
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On April 8, 2013, a 87-year-old
Margaret Thatcher died of a stroke at London's Ritz Hotel.
Two Sturdy Girls: Margaret Thatcher and the Queen in 2010