Britain's First Female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies

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The first female British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, died this morning following a stroke, reports CNN. The legendary politician with a career that spanned nearly two decades was 87-years-old. She was known for her tough rhetoric and outspoken personality, which garnered her the nickname “Iron Lady” during her post as leader between 1975 and 1990.

The conservative didn’t just make history in the United Kingdom. In 1982, Thatcher led a war against Argentina over the Falklands Islands after Buenos Aires claimed the land. Controversy about the true ownership of the island has existed since its discovery in the 16th century.

Although Buenos Aires signed a proclamation in 1820 claiming the island, British military later deemed the Falklands their permanent colony. After the Argentinean military settled in the island to retake its ownership, Thatcher requested for the UK to swiftly attack.

A British submarine ended up sinking Argentina's only cruiser and 358 of its soldiers. "Just rejoice at that news and congratulate our forces and the marines. Rejoice," she said once the war was won.

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