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Margaret Thatcher Becomes Prime Minister of the UK

Thatcher was Great Britain's first female prime minister and served longer than any other British prime minister in the 20th century. While in office, she initiated what became known as the "Thatcher Revolution," a series of social and economic changes that dismantled many aspects of Britain's postwar welfare state. Before embarking on her political career, Thatcher was a research chemist working on the creation of what popular dessert food?



The Trickster

A common figure in the folklore of many indigenous peoples, the trickster is a god, goddess, spirit, human, or anthropomorphic animal who is often an amoral and comic troublemaker. The trickster's rule-breaking frequently takes the form of tricks or thievery. An enduring archetype, the trickster can be cunning, foolish, or both and often inspires laughter even when considered sacred. In many cultures, the trickster is also a culture hero. Who are some examples of modern-day tricksters?

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Hosni Mubarak

Mubarak is the fourth president of the Arab Republic of Egypt. He was appointed vice president after ascending the ranks of the Egyptian Air Force and became president after Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981. During his tenure, Mubarak has focused on combating economic problems and containing a rise in domestic terrorism. He is now considered one of the most powerful leaders in the region. In 1995, Mubarak survived an assassination attempt carried out by which two terrorist groups?

Last updated on Monday, 4th May 2009

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