#9. She narrowly escaped an IRA assassination attempt
On October 12, 1984, a time bomb planted weeks earlier by Irish Republican Army member Patrick Magee ripped through the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, where the Conservative Party was holding its annual conference. The blast badly damaged the bathroom in Thatcher’s suite, but the prime minister was in an adjoining room and escaped unharmed. The bomb killed five people, including a member of Parliament. Although Thatcher’s security staff wanted her to return to London immediately, she insisted on delivering her speech as planned just hours after the bombing. “The fact that we are gathered here now, shocked but composed and determined, is a sign not only that this attack has failed, but that all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail,” she told fellow party members.