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1945-70: Early career Chronology

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Date Type Value Author/Source Title
45 May 8 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] VE Day
45 Jul 5 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] General Election: Labour Government formed (146 majority)
45 Aug 6 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Hiroshima destroyed by A-bomb
45 Aug 16 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] VJ Day
49 Jan 31 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Margaret Roberts selected Conservative candidate for Dartford
50 Feb 23 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] General Election: Labour Government formed (5 majority)
51 Oct 25 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] General Election: Conservative Government formed (13 majority)
51 Dec 13 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Marriage of Margaret Roberts and Denis Thatcher
53 Dec 1 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] MT took her bar finals
55 Apr 5 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Churchill resigned as Prime Minister; Eden succeeded
55 May 26 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] General Election: Conservative Government formed (58 majority)
56 Feb 28 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] MT asked that her name be returned to Conservative candidates' list
56 Jul 26 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Nasser announced nationalisation of Suez Canal
56 Oct 30 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Anglo-French ultimatum to Israel and Egypt; Soviet invasion of Hungary
56 Oct 31 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Anglo-French forces began action against Egypt; abandoned under US pressure 7 Nov
57 Jan 9 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Eden resigned as Prime Minister; Macmillan succeeded (10 Jan)
57 Mar 25 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Treaty of Rome
58 Jan 6 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Thorneycroft, Powell and Birch resigned as Treasury Ministers
58 Jul 31 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] MT adopted candidate for Finchley
59 Oct 8 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] General Election: Conservative Government formed (100 majority)
60 Feb 3 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Macmillan speaking in South Africa: "a wind of change is blowing through the continent"
61 Oct 9 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] MT appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary (Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance)
62 Jul 13 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] "Night of the Long Knives": 7 of 21 Cabinet Ministers sacked
63 Jan 14 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] De Gaulle vetoed British entry to EEC
63 Feb 14 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Harold Wilson elected Labour leader following death of Gaitskell (18 Jan)
63 Jun 4 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Profumo resigned
63 Oct 10 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Macmillan’s decision to resign as PM announced; Home succeeded; Macleod and Powell refused to serve (13 Oct)
63 Nov 22 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Kennedy assassinated
64 Oct 15 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] General Election: Labour Government formed (4 majority); MT became a shadow spokesman on pensions
65 Jan 24 Su Info Only Major [Chronology] Churchill died
65 Jul 25 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Home resigned as Conservative leader; Heath elected successor (28 Jul)
65 Oct 18 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] MT moved to shadow Housing and Land
65 Nov 11 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Rhodesia declared UDI
66 Mar 31 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] General Election: Labour Government formed (98 majority)
66 Apr 19 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] MT moved to shadow Treasury as deputy to Iain Macleod
66 May 3 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Budget (introduced Selective Employment Tax)
66 Jul 20 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Labour spending cuts and wages freeze
66 Nov 10 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Labour Government announced EC entry application; Conservative support
67 Apr 11 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Budget
67 Jun 5 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Middle East: Six Day War (ended 10 Jun)
67 Jul 27 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Britain to withdraw forces East of Suez
67 Oct 10 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] MT appointed to Shadow Cabinet, responsible for Fuel and Power
67 Nov 27 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] De Gaulle vetoed British application to EC
67 Nov 29 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Reshuffle: Callaghan became Home Secretary, Jenkins Chancellor
68 Jan 16 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Expenditure cuts (716m)
68 Feb 22 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Callaghan announced immediate legislation checking Kenyan Asian immigration
68 Mar 15 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Sterling under pressure: London Foreign Exchange Market closed; Brown resigned
68 Mar 17 Su Info Only Major [Chronology] Grosvenor Square riot against Vietnam War
68 Mar 19 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Budget: 923m increase in indirect taxation
68 Apr 4 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Assassination of Martin Luther King
68 Apr 20 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] Enoch Powell's "River Tiber" speech; Powell fired from Shadow Cabinet (21 Apr)
68 May 3 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] France: student clashes with police began `events' of May 1968
68 Aug 20 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia
68 Oct 5 Sa Info Only Major [Chronology] Northern Ireland: violence at Londonderry civil rights demonstration
68 Nov 14 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] MT reshuffled to shadow Transport
69 Jan 17 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] In Place of Strife published
69 Jun 18 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Wilson withdrew In Place of Strife after TUC rejected it
69 Aug 14 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Northern Ireland: troops deployed in Belfast
69 Oct 21 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] MT appointed shadow education spokesman
70 Jan 30 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Selsdon Park Shadow Cabinet (manifesto meeting); ended 1 Feb
70 Feb 10 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] MT's father died
70 Jun 18 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] General Election: Conservative Government formed (majority 31)
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