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John Major Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Sir John Major, former prime minister of the United Kingdom.

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.

    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.