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John Major Fast Facts

Birth date:
March 29, 1943

Birth place: Carshalton, Surrey

Birth name: John Major

Father: Abraham Thomas Ball, stage name - Tom Major, performer

Mother: Gwen (Coates) Major, dancer

    Marriage: Norma (Johnson) Major (1970-present)

    Children: James and Elizabeth

    Other Facts:
    Left school at age 16.

    Worked at a bank prior to entering politics.

    Was appointed financial guardian of Prince William and Prince Harry after Princess Diana's death.

    As of 2015, Major is the chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, also known as Chatham House.

    1968-1971 -
    Member of the Lambeth Borough Council.

    1974 - Unsuccessfully runs for a seat in parliament.

    1979 - Wins a seat in parliament, representing Huntingdonshire.

    1983 - Becomes assistant government whip.

    1984 - Becomes treasury whip.

    1985-1986 - Serves as undersecretary state for social security.

    1986 - Is appointed minister of state for social security.

    1987-1989 - Serves as chief secretary to the Treasury.

    July 1989 - Is appointed foreign secretary.

    October 1989 - Is appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer.

    November 28, 1990 - Becomes prime minister of the United Kingdom.

    1990-1997 - Serves as prime minister of the United Kingdom.

    June 1995 - Resigns as the head of the Conservative Party and calls for a parliamentary election to establish leadership of the party. He wins the election.

    May 1, 1997 - Loses election to the Labor Party and Tony Blair.

    1999 - "John Major: The Autobiography" is released.

    2001 - Retires from Parliament.

    2002 - Admits to having a four-year affair with Edwina Currie, a fellow MP, during the 1980s.

    2005 - Is made a Knight of the Garter by Queen Elizabeth II.

    2007 - Major's book "More Than A Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years" is released.

    2012 - Major's book "My Old Man: A Personal History of Music Hall" is released.