11 Φεβρουαριου

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It's the anniversary of Thatcher becoming Britain's first female party leader

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It was on this date back in 1975 that Maggie became the leader of the UK Conservative party and the first woman to head any British political party, though it wasn’t for another four years that she actually entered 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister.

Although Thatcher was brought up a teetotaller, and even at Oxford would finish a night with coca, she soon developed a taste for the odd dram. It's a parody of Thatcher's marriage that she'd guzzle whisky while Dennis sipped his gin and tonic, so we're recommending a mixing Scotch whisky and green ginger wine to toast the Iron Lady with a Whisky Mac.

Pope Benedict XVI retired on this day

On this day in 2013, Pope Benedict became the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so of his own initiative since 1294.

While most popes carry on till the day they die, Benedict decided that his declining health meant he needed to step aside. Pope from April 2005, the former Joseph Ratzinger was ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria. Now known as pope emeritus, Benedict retains the style of His Holiness, and the title of Pope, and continues to dress in papal white.

We're toasting his good sense of knowing when enough is enough with a Bénédictine Conversion.

It's the anniversary of Whitney Houston's death

Sadly, Whitney Houston was found dead in her bath at the Beverly Hills Hilton on 11th February 2012. And, in the manner of Michael Jackson, Whitney had a career based on an incredible voice and stage presence, yet overshadowed by serial indiscretions.

By the time she died, drugs, alcohol and cigarettes had taken their toll on Whitney's mind, and the voice which had made her the fourth biggest-selling female artist of all time. Amazingly, despite wearing both a wig and dentures, her beauty had not faded. So, in honour of the godmother of the power ballad, someone who sang about the love that seems to have eluded her for much of her life, we are drinking a Love Unit.

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