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Margaret Thatcher, Former British Prime Minister, Dies

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Apr 08, 2013 | 8:41am EDT

Margaret Thatcher

Monday morning marked tragedy, as the world was forced to say goodbye to one of its most influential political figures. Margaret Thatcher, who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, passed away on Monday after suffering a stroke, the UK's Telegraph  reports. She was 87 years old. 

Thatcher's son Sir Mark and daughter Carol confirmed their mother's passing. "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning," Thatcher's spokesperson Lord Bell said in a statement. "A further statement will be made later."

Thatcher, who was famously known as the "Iron Lady" for her uncompromising politcal leadership style, will go down in history as Britain's longest serving prime minister and the only woman to ever hold the title. The "Iron Lady" was originally a chemist before becoming a barrister. She then broke into politics in 1959 when she was elected to Parliament. In 1970, she was appointed the Secretary of State for Education and Science. In 1979, she became Prime Minster and held the title for 11 years.

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In 2011, a biographical movie titled The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep, was released, capturing the story of Thatcher's life and work. In the film, we not only got a close look at Thatcher's personal affairs, but also at her political platforms, both economic and social.

Thatcher's life has left a mark on the world. Her belief system not only implemented change in the UK, but also echoed across the oceans to many other countries. She was a great leader, and one the world will never forget.

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