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The Writer’s Almanac for October 13, 2016: Standard Plumbing

Oct. 13, 2016: birthday: Margaret Thatcher

It’s the birthday of Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to lead a major Western democracy when she became the prime minister of the United Kingdom in May of 1979. Thatcher was born Margaret Hilda Roberts (1925) in Grantham, a small town in eastern England. Her father owned two grocery shops and the family lived above one of them.