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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
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 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)
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 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)
64 Oct 15 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] General Election: Labour Government formed (4 majority); MT became a shadow spokesman on pensions
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
67 Jun 5 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Middle East: Six Day War (ended 10 Jun)
67 Oct 10 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] MT appointed to Shadow Cabinet, responsible for Fuel and Power
68 Apr 20 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] Enoch Powell's "River Tiber" speech; Powell fired from Shadow Cabinet (21 Apr)
68 Aug 20 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia
68 Nov 14 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] MT reshuffled to shadow Transport
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 Jun 18 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] General Election: Conservative Government formed (majority 31)
70 Jun 19 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] MT given her first Cabinet post (Secretary of State for Education and Science)
70 Jun 30 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Circular 10/70, withdrawing compulsion to go comprehensive
72 Jan 9 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Miners' strike began
72 Jan 20 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Unemployment passed 1m
72 Jan 30 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] "Bloody Sunday": British troops killed 13 in Londonderry
72 Feb 10 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Saltley Coke depot closed by pickets
72 Feb 19 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] Heath conceded miners' demands
72 Mar 21 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget: full scale reflation
72 Mar 22 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Industry White Paper, basis of 1972 Industry Act
72 Mar 24 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Northern Ireland: Stormont suspended; direct rule began
72 Jun 23 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Sterling floated: left European `snake' and unpegged from dollar
72 Nov 6 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Statutory control of pay, prices, dividends and rents (Phase I)
72 Dec 6 We Info Only Key [Chronology] MT's White Paper published: Education: A Framework for Expansion
73 Jan 1 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Britain acceded to the European Community
73 Oct 6 Sa Full Text Key [Chronology] Arab-Israeli War (ended 24 Oct); oil price increased 70 per cent
73 Oct 8 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Phase III announced: 2.25 or 7 per cent; inflation linked `threshold' payments
73 Nov 12 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] NUM overtime ban began; State of Emergency following day
73 Dec 9 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Sunningdale Agreement
73 Dec 13 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Three day week announced
74 Feb 7 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] General Election called for 28 Feb
74 Feb 10 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Miners' strike began (ended 11 Mar)
74 Feb 28 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] General Election: no overall majority for any party
74 Mar 2 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] Heath offered Liberals seats in coalition; rejected by them
74 May 15 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Northern Ireland: Loyalist strike began; executive resigned (28 May)
74 Jun 22 Sa Full Text Key [Chronology] Keith Joseph’s Upminster speech
74 Sep 5 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Keith Joseph’s Preston speech
74 Oct 10 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] General Election: Labour majority of three
74 Oct 19 Sa Full Text Key [Chronology] Keith Joseph’s Edgbaston speech
74 Nov 21 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Keith Joseph told MT he would not stand for the leadership; MT decided she would
75 Feb 4 Tu Full Text Key [Chronology] Conservative leadership first ballot: Heath resigned
75 Feb 11 Tu Full Text Key [Chronology] Conservative leadership second ballot: MT elected leader
75 Feb 18 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Shadow Cabinet complete
75 Apr 9 We Info Only Key [Chronology] MT met Ronald Reagan for the first time (or possibly the second)
75 Jun 5 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] European Referendum: 67.2 per cent for; 32.8 per cent against (64 per cent turnout)
75 Jul 1 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Labour Government proposed pay policy; White Paper (11 Jly)
75 Sep 13 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] MT visited USA and Canada (returned 26 Spt)
75 Nov 27 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Ross McWhirter murdered by IRA - MT given 24 hour police protection
76 Mar 16 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Wilson announced his resignation as Prime Minister
76 Apr 5 Mo Full Text Key [Chronology] Callaghan elected Labour leader; became Prime Minister
76 Apr 7 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Government lost its majority (Stonehouse resigned whip)
76 Sep 28 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Sterling crisis resumed: Healey turned back from Heathrow
76 Oct 4 Mo Full Text Key [Chronology] The Right Approach published
76 Dec 1 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Shadow Cabinet decided to oppose devolution on 2R; Buchanan-Smith and Rifkind resigned
76 Dec 15 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget: Letter of Intent to IMF published (loan granted 3 Jan 77)
77 Feb 22 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] HC: devolution guillotine defeated 312:283
77 Mar 23 We Full Text Key [Chronology] Lib-Lab Pact
78 Jul 21 Fr Full Text Key [Chronology] Stage 3 White Paper: 5 per cent pay guideline
78 Sep 7 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Callaghan surprise broadcast: no autumn General Election
79 Jan 3 We Full Text Key [Chronology] Lorry drivers’ strike began; "Winter of Discontent" peaking
79 Jan 10 We Full Text Key [Chronology] Callaghan's return from Guadelope Summit: "Crisis, What Crisis?" ( Sun )
79 Mar 28 We Full Text Key [Chronology] HC: Government fell
79 Mar 29 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] General Election announced for 3 May
79 Mar 30 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Airey Neave murdered by INLA
79 May 3 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] General Election: Conservative victory (43 majority)
79 May 4 Fr Full Text Key [Chronology] MT appointed Prime Minister
79 Jun 7 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] European Elections
79 Jun 12 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
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 Oct 23 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Exchange controls abolished
79 Nov 29 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Dublin European Council (ended 30 Nov); budget row
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 Jun 2 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Cabinet agreed European budget proposal
80 Sep 22 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Iran-Iraq war began
80 Nov 4 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Reagan elected US President
81 Jan 5 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Reshuffle: Stevas, Maude left cabinet; Brittan joined
81 Feb 10 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] NCB announced pit closures (abandoned 18 Feb)
81 Mar 1 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] 2nd Republican hunger strike began (ended 3 Oct)
81 Mar 10 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
81 Mar 26 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] SDP formed (Alliance formed 16 June)
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 Nov 26 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Crosby by-election: Shirley Williams won Conservative seat for SDP
82 Mar 9 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
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 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 21 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Falklands: British Forces landed at San Carlos Bay
82 Jun 14 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Falklands: Argentine surrender
83 Jan 6 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Reshuffle: Heseltine replaced Nott at Defence
83 Mar 15 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
83 Mar 23 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Reagan announced Star Wars programme (SDI)
83 May 9 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] General Election announced for 9 Jun
83 Jun 9 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] 1983 General Election: Conservative majority 144
83 Jun 11 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] New Government formed
83 Oct 14 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Cecil Parkinson resigned over Keays affair
83 Oct 22 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] Grenada: Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States requested US intervene (following coup 19 Oct)
83 Oct 25 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] US invasion of Grenada
84 Mar 12 Mo Full Text Key [Chronology] Coal strike began
84 Mar 13 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
84 Jun 25 Mo Full Text Key [Chronology] Fontainebleau European Council (ended 26 Jun); budget settlement
84 Oct 12 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Brighton bomb
84 Nov 6 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Reagan reelected US President
84 Nov 20 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Flotation of British Telecom
84 Dec 16 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Gorbachev visited Chequers
84 Dec 19 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Hong Kong: MT signed Joint Agreement with China
85 Mar 3 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] NUM voted to end coal strike
85 Mar 19 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
85 Sep 2 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Reshuffle: Hurd replace Brittan at Home Office; Tebbit new Party Chairman
85 Nov 15 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Anglo-Irish Agreement signed at Hillsborough
85 Dec 2 Mo Full Text Key [Chronology] Luxembourg European Council; Single European Act agreed (ended 3 Dec)
86 Jan 6 Mo Full Text Key [Chronology] Westland: leak of Solicitor-General’s letter to Heseltine
86 Jan 9 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Westland: Heseltine resigned; Younger replaced him at Defence; Rifkind joined the Cabinet as Scottish Secretary
86 Jan 24 Fr Full Text Key [Chronology] Westland: Brittan resigned; Channon replaced him at DTI
86 Jan 27 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Westland: emergency debate, ending the crisis
86 Apr 15 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] US air raids on Libya, mainly flown from British bases
86 May 18 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
86 Oct 11 Sa Full Text Key [Chronology] Reykjavik (Reagan-Gorbachev) Summit (ended 12 Oct)
86 Nov 15 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] Anglo-US Summit at Camp David: arms control statement agreed
87 Feb 22 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] "Louvre Accord" to halt decline in the dollar; Lawson began shadowing Deutschmark
87 Mar 17 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
87 Mar 28 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] MT visited USSR (ended 1 Apr)
87 May 11 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] General Election called for 11 June
87 Jun 11 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] General Election
87 Jun 13 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] Reshuffle: five ministers left cabinet
87 Oct 19 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] "Black Monday": Dow Jones fell 23 per cent
88 Feb 8 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Gorbachev announced Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan from May
88 Mar 7 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Sterling `uncapped' on MT's insistence; rose above 3DM
88 Mar 15 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
88 May 17 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Interest rates cut 0.5 per cent to 7.5 per cent (lowest 1979-90); MT formula of support for Lawson at PQs
88 Jul 6 We Full Text Key [Chronology] Jacques Delors told European Parliament that in ten years 80 per cent of economic and social legislation would be made there rather than at national level
88 Sep 8 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Jacques Delors addressed TUC Conference & invited them to join "the architects of Europe"
89 Jan 11 We Info Only Key [Chronology] NHS White Paper published ( Working for Patients )
89 Mar 14 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
89 Jun 3 Sa Full Text Key [Chronology] China: Tiananmen Square massacre
89 Jun 20 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] MT met Howe and Lawson to discuss ERM line at Madrid Council (met again 25 Jun)
89 Jun 26 Mo Full Text Key [Chronology] Madrid European Council (ended 27 Jun): MT set "Madrid conditions" for ERM entry; rejected Social Charter
89 Jul 24 Mo Full Text Key [Chronology] Reshuffle: Major replaced Howe at Foreign Office; Howe new Deputy PM
89 Oct 26 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Lawson resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer; Major succeeded him; Hurd became Foreign Secretary; Waddington succeeded Hurd as Home Secretary; Renton became Chief Whip
89 Nov 9 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] East Germany announced opening of its border with West Germany; demolition of Berlin Wall began 10 Nov
89 Dec 5 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] MT won Conservative leadership election; 314:33 (27 abstained)
89 Dec 10 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Czechoslovakia: end of Communist rule (Havel President 29 Dec)
89 Dec 22 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Romania: Ceausescu overthrown (killed 25 Dec)
90 Feb 10 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] Kohl in Moscow: Gorbachev agreed German reunification
90 Mar 11 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Lithuania declared independence of USSR
90 Mar 20 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
90 Mar 31 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] Trafalgar Square riot
90 Apr 1 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Strangeways prison siege (ended 25 Apr); disturbances in other gaols
90 Jul 14 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] Ridley resigned over comments on Germany; Lilley joined Cabinet to succeed him at DTI
90 Aug 2 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Iraq invaded Kuwait; MT with Bush in Aspen
90 Aug 9 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] UK announced commitment of forces to the Gulf
90 Oct 3 We Info Only Key [Chronology] German reunification
90 Oct 5 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Britain joined ERM; interest rates cut by one per cent to 14 per cent
90 Nov 1 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Howe resigned
90 Nov 13 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] HC: Howe's resignation speech
90 Nov 14 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Heseltine stood for Conservative leadership
90 Nov 20 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Conservative leadership election first ballot (MT 204:152 Heseltine)
90 Nov 22 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] MT announced decision not to contest second ballot
90 Nov 27 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Conservative leadership election second ballot; Major became leader
90 Nov 28 We Info Only Key [Chronology] MT resigned as Prime Minister
91 Jan 16 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Air campaign launched against Iraq ("Desert Storm")
91 Feb 24 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Ground war began in Kuwait
91 Feb 27 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Kuwait liberated; ceasefire
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