Thatcher’s Britain 1979 - 1990
1979 – Thatcher elected as Prime Minister – also the first Sony Walkman is  introduced.
1980 <ul><li>Unemployment in Britain rises. </li></ul><ul><li>John Lennon is shot dead in New York </li></ul>
The Rubik’s Cube is released
Everybody goes to see “The Empire Strikes Back” at the cinema!
1981 <ul><li>A series of strikes hits the UK </li></ul>
Mass rioting in British cities
“ Raiders of the Lost Ark” is released
1982 <ul><li>Britain goes to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. 258 British troops are killed. 658 Argentine tr...
Star Wars Toys win toy of the year.
People queue round the block to see E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
1983 <ul><li>Thatcher’s Conservatives win a second general election. </li></ul>
American’s Invade Grenada (a former British colony and part of the commonwealth
People in Britain are watching another Star Wars film. (the last one for 16 years)
1984 <ul><li>In Brighton an assassination attempt fails to kill Mrs. Thatcher. The day before her 59 th  birthday. </li></ul>
AIDS is recognized for the first time.
Miners’ strike begins.
The British public flock to see Ghostbusters.
1985 <ul><li>Oxford University refuse Mrs. Thatcher an honorary doctorate. </li></ul><ul><li>The Titanic is finally locate...
Live Aid raises money and awareness for millions starving in Africa.
Back to the Future is the must see film in the UK.
and everyone is playing with Transformers.
1986 <ul><li>Mrs. Thatcher allows US Military to use British bases to bomb Libya. </li></ul>
In April the an accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor causes 30 deaths. Its effects are noticeable 22 years later.
1987 <ul><li>Thatcher’s Conservatives win an unprecedented third general election. </li></ul>
A Hurricane hits England.
The term Bunny-Boiler is born when “Fatal Attraction” is number one in the UK
1988 <ul><li>Mrs. Thatcher pledges to “do more for the environment” </li></ul><ul><li>Edwina Currie claims that British Da...
1989 <ul><li>Poll Tax is introduced in Scotland. </li></ul><ul><li>Interest Rates are raised by Mrs. Thatcher’s conservati...
The British public are enjoying Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade at the cinema.
1990 <ul><li>Mrs Thatcher’s refusal to consider European integration and opposition to the Poll tax lead to her resignatio...
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    1. 1. Thatcher’s Britain 1979 - 1990
    2. 2. 1979 – Thatcher elected as Prime Minister – also the first Sony Walkman is introduced.
    3. 3. 1980 <ul><li>Unemployment in Britain rises. </li></ul><ul><li>John Lennon is shot dead in New York </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Rubik’s Cube is released
    5. 5. Everybody goes to see “The Empire Strikes Back” at the cinema!
    6. 6. 1981 <ul><li>A series of strikes hits the UK </li></ul>
    7. 7. Mass rioting in British cities
    8. 8. “ Raiders of the Lost Ark” is released
    9. 9. 1982 <ul><li>Britain goes to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. 258 British troops are killed. 658 Argentine troops die. </li></ul><ul><li>In Leicester Adrian Mole fails to locate the scene of the war on the map because it was covered with a crumb. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Star Wars Toys win toy of the year.
    11. 11. People queue round the block to see E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
    12. 12. 1983 <ul><li>Thatcher’s Conservatives win a second general election. </li></ul>
    13. 13. American’s Invade Grenada (a former British colony and part of the commonwealth
    14. 14. People in Britain are watching another Star Wars film. (the last one for 16 years)
    15. 15. 1984 <ul><li>In Brighton an assassination attempt fails to kill Mrs. Thatcher. The day before her 59 th birthday. </li></ul>
    16. 16. AIDS is recognized for the first time.
    17. 17. Miners’ strike begins.
    18. 18. The British public flock to see Ghostbusters.
    19. 19. 1985 <ul><li>Oxford University refuse Mrs. Thatcher an honorary doctorate. </li></ul><ul><li>The Titanic is finally located after more than 70 years underwater. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Live Aid raises money and awareness for millions starving in Africa.
    21. 21. Back to the Future is the must see film in the UK.
    22. 22. and everyone is playing with Transformers.
    23. 23. 1986 <ul><li>Mrs. Thatcher allows US Military to use British bases to bomb Libya. </li></ul>
    24. 24. In April the an accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor causes 30 deaths. Its effects are noticeable 22 years later.
    25. 25. 1987 <ul><li>Thatcher’s Conservatives win an unprecedented third general election. </li></ul>
    26. 26. A Hurricane hits England.
    27. 27. The term Bunny-Boiler is born when “Fatal Attraction” is number one in the UK
    28. 28. 1988 <ul><li>Mrs. Thatcher pledges to “do more for the environment” </li></ul><ul><li>Edwina Currie claims that British Dairy farms are a hot bed of Salmonella infection. </li></ul>
    29. 29. 1989 <ul><li>Poll Tax is introduced in Scotland. </li></ul><ul><li>Interest Rates are raised by Mrs. Thatcher’s conservatives to lower inflation. </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Thatcher’s family increases by one leading her to state that “We have become a Grandmother” </li></ul>
    30. 30. The British public are enjoying Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade at the cinema.
    31. 31. 1990 <ul><li>Mrs Thatcher’s refusal to consider European integration and opposition to the Poll tax lead to her resignation. </li></ul>

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