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1979-90: Prime Minister Chronology

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79 May 4 Fr Full Text Key [Chronology] MT appointed Prime Minister
79 May 5 Sa Info Only Major [Chronology] Cabinet announced
79 May 10 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-German summit in London
79 Jun 5 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-French summit in Paris
79 Jun 7 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] European Elections
79 Jun 12 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
79 Jun 18 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] SALT II signed in Vienna
79 Jun 21 Th Full Text Major [Chronology] Strasbourg European Council (ended 22 Jun)
79 Jun 26 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] MT stop-over in Moscow en route to Tokyo G7
79 Jun 27 We Full Text Major [Chronology] Tokyo G7 (ended 29 Jun)
79 Jun 30 Sa Info Only Minor [Chronology] MT arrived in Australia (returned 1 Jul via Singapore)
79 Jul 31 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Lusaka Commonwealth Meeting began (ended 8 Aug)
79 Aug 27 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] IRA murdered Mountbatten and 18 soldiers (Warrenpoint)
79 Sep 5 We Info Only Major [Chronology] MT met Irish PM at No.10
79 Sep 10 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Lancaster House Conference opened (ended 21 Dec)
79 Oct 4 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-Italian summit in Rome (ended 5 Oct)
79 Oct 23 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Exchange controls abolished
79 Oct 28 Su Info Only Major [Chronology] Visit of Chinese President Hua (ended 3 Nov)
79 Oct 31 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-German summit in Bonn
79 Nov 4 Su Info Only Major [Chronology] Iran: US Embassy in Tehran occupied
79 Nov 15 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] MLR increased 3 per cent (14 to 17 per cent)
79 Nov 19 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-French summit in London
79 Nov 29 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Dublin European Council (ended 30 Nov); budget row
79 Dec 6 Th Full Text Major [Chronology] Anglo-Dutch summit in London
79 Dec 16 Su Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-US summit in Washington (ended 18 Dec)
79 Dec 21 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Lancaster House Agreement signed
79 Dec 24 Mo Full Text Key [Chronology] USSR invaded Afghanistan
80 Jan 2 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Steel strike began (ended 3 April)
80 Mar 25 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
80 Mar 27 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-German summit at Chequers
80 Apr 2 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Riots in Bristol
80 Apr 27 Su Full Text Major [Chronology] Luxembourg European Council (ended 28 Apr)
80 Apr 30 We Info Only Major [Chronology] London Iranian Embassy siege began (SAS stormed 5 May)
80 May 7 We Info Only Major [Chronology] MT attended Tito's funeral in Belgrade
80 May 14 We Info Only Major [Chronology] TUC "Day of Action"
80 Jun 2 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Cabinet agreed European budget proposal
80 Jun 12 Th Full Text Major [Chronology] Venice European Council (ended 13 Jun)
80 Jun 22 Su Full Text Major [Chronology] Venice G7 (ended 23 Jun)
80 Sep 19 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-French summit in Paris
80 Sep 22 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Iran-Iraq war began
80 Sep 24 We Info Only Minor [Chronology] MT visited Yugoslavia (ended 26 Spt)
80 Oct 15 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Callaghan resigned as Labour leader (Foot elected 10 Nov)
80 Oct 27 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] 1st Republican hunger strike began (ended 18 Dec)
80 Nov 4 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Reagan elected US President
80 Nov 16 Su Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-German summit in Bonn
80 Nov 23 Su Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-Italian summit in Rome
80 Nov 24 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] MLR reduced 2 per cent, 16 to 14 per cent
80 Dec 1 Mo Full Text Major [Chronology] Luxembourg European Council (ended 2 Dec)
80 Dec 8 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-Irish summit in Dublin
81 Jan 5 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Reshuffle: Stevas, Maude left cabinet; Brittan joined
81 Jan 25 Su Info Only Major [Chronology] Council for Social Democracy set up
81 Feb 6 Fr Full Text Minor [Chronology] Anglo-Dutch summit at The Hague
81 Feb 10 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] NCB announced pit closures (abandoned 18 Feb)
81 Feb 25 We Info Only Major [Chronology] MT visited Reagan in Washington (returned 1 Mar)
81 Mar 1 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] 2nd Republican hunger strike began (ended 3 Oct)
81 Mar 6 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] MT visited Northern Ireland
81 Mar 10 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
81 Mar 23 Mo Full Text Major [Chronology] Maastricht European Council (ended 24 Mar)
81 Mar 26 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] SDP formed (Alliance formed 16 June)
81 Mar 30 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Reagan shot
81 Apr 9 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Bobby Sands (IRA hunger striker) elected an MP
81 Apr 11 Sa Info Only Major [Chronology] Brixton riots began (ended 13 Apr)
81 Apr 15 We Info Only Major [Chronology] MT began tour of India, returning via Gulf (ended 25 Apr)
81 May 10 Su Info Only Major [Chronology] Mitterrand elected French President
81 May 18 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Keith Speed dismissed as Navy Minister
81 Jun 29 Mo Full Text Major [Chronology] Luxembourg European Council (ended 30 Jun)
81 Jul 3 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Southall riot
81 Jul 4 Sa Info Only Major [Chronology] Toxteth riot (until 8 Jul); riots in Manchester (Moss Side)
81 Jul 16 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Warrington by-election: SDP defeated but performed well
81 Jul 20 Mo Full Text Major [Chronology] Ottawa G7 opened (ended 21 Jul)
81 Jul 23 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Cabinet discussion of public expenditure revealed deep rifts
81 Jul 29 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer
81 Sep 14 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Reshuffle: Soames, Gilmour, Carlisle dropped; Prior moved to Northern Ireland; Tebbit joined Cabinet to replace him at Employment; Lawson joined Cabinet (Energy); Parkinson became Party Chairman
81 Sep 25 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] MT toured Gulf prior to Melbourne Commonwealth Meeting (returned 8 Oct)
81 Sep 30 We Info Only Major [Chronology] MLR increased 2 per cent (14 to 16 per cent)
81 Oct 10 Sa Info Only Major [Chronology] IRA bombed Chelsea barracks
81 Oct 21 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Cancun North-South Summit (ended 24 Oct)
81 Nov 6 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-Irish summit in London
81 Nov 18 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-German summit in Bonn
81 Nov 26 Th Full Text Major Chronology London European Council (ended 27 Nov)
81 Nov 26 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Crosby by-election: Shirley Williams won Conservative seat for SDP
81 Dec 8 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Scargill elected NUM president
81 Dec 13 Su Info Only Major [Chronology] Poland: martial law imposed and Solidarity suppressed
82 Jan 26 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Unemployment passed 3 million
82 Mar 9 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
82 Mar 19 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-German summit at Chequers
82 Mar 25 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Glasgow Hillhead by-election: Roy Jenkins won Conservative seat for SDP
82 Mar 29 Mo Full Text Major [Chronology] Brussels European Council (ended 30 Mar)
82 Mar 31 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Falklands: Argentine invasion learned to be imminent
82 Apr 2 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Falklands: Argentina invaded
82 Apr 3 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] Falklands: UN SCR 502 demanding Argentine withdrawal
82 Apr 5 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Falklands: FCO Ministers resigned, Pym new Foreign Secretary; Task Force sailed
82 Apr 7 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Falklands: 200 mile Maritime Exclusion Zone declared
82 Apr 8 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Falklands: Haig's first visit to London
82 Apr 12 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Falklands: Haig's second visit to London (ended 13 Apr)
82 Apr 25 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Falklands: South Georgia recaptured
82 Apr 30 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Falklands: US `tilt' in favour of Britain; Total Exclusion Zone put in force
82 May 2 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Falklands: General Belgrano sunk by HMS Conqueror
82 May 4 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Falklands: HMS Sheffield hit by Argentine missile
82 May 17 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Anglo-French summit in London
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