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Margaret Thatcher Does Not Need Your Karate Ladies

Margaret Thatcher is all over the news this week as we approach the release of The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep. Here’s a good story about the former Prime Minister from an article we ran on her last year. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher attended an economic summit in Japan. She was still a fairly new prime [...]

No Karate Ladies for Margaret Thatcher

On this date in 1979, Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister. Here’s an excerpt from an article we ran on Thatcher last year. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher attended an economic summit in Japan. She was still a fairly new prime minister when she headed to Tokyo, and her hosts were a bit apprehensive about [...]

How an Island Full of Landmines Led to a Thriving Penguin Population

by Hank Green War—what is it good for? Well, if the Falkland Islands are any indication, it certainly helps penguins. © Will Gray/JAI/Corbis For several hundred years, human activity on the Falkland Islands—roughly 300 miles off the Argentine coast—threatened its penguins’ survival. But that trend started to reverse in 1982, when Argentina and Britain began duking it out [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was the tough-talking Conservative face of British politics throughout the 1980s. You may know about her policies, but how well do you know the woman who was nicknamed “The Iron Lady”? 1. She Started Out as a Chemist In 1943, an 18-year-old Margaret Roberts headed to Oxford on a scholarship and began studying natural [...]

8 U.S. Presidents With Statues Abroad

Every former U.S. president has been honored with a statue in the United States, some more than others. A handful of the 43 men who have held the nation’s highest office have also been honored with statues abroad. Here are a few examples, including some that may surprise you. 1. George W. Bush—Albania Bush will always [...]