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Let’s Celebrate Margaret Thatcher’s Birthday

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Remembering Margaret Thatcher in honor of her birthday.

On October 13, 1925, Margaret Thatcher was born.  Best known for her role as British Prime Minister, Thatcher accomplished many things during her 11-year service (1979-1990).  In honor of her birthday, here are some of her most significant accomplishments while in office.

  • She was the first woman to lead a major political party in the United Kingdom. Thatcher served as Leader of the Conservative Party from 1979-1990.  Thatcher was also the first female to be elected head of government in all of Europe.
  • She successfully handled the Iranian Embassy Crisis. On April 30, 1980, a group of armed men stormed the Iranian Embassy in London and took hostages.  They demanded the release of their imprisoned countrymen and safe passage from the country.  Thatcher famously refused to negotiate with the terrorists and successfully stormed the building, saving all but two hostages and killing or capturing all the terrorists.
  • Thatcher is also credited with establishing a free market economy in Britain through privatization and deregulation. This ultimately resulted in increased efficiency and quality of service, as well as lower prices for such items as telephones, airlines, and electricity.
  • Thatcher is also played a significant role in ending the Cold War. She worked closely with President Ronald Regan and communicated with Mikhail Gorbachev to negotiate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty from 1985-1987.  By 1989, the Cold War was over, and Thatcher was widely considered an important factor in the West’s victory.
  • Thatcher is widely considered one of the most influential people of the 20th century. Some of her honors and awards include Membership to the Order of Merit, a seat in the House of Lords, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grand Cross of the Order of Good Hope, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chemistry, Fellow of the Royal Society, and the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award.
  • A Soviet journalist dubbed her “The Iron Lady,” a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies known as Thatcherism.
  • She also acquired the nickname Atilla the Hen and The Great She-Elephant, a sign of the sexism that existed during that time.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we honor Margaret Thatcher on her birthday.   Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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