John Major Fast Facts

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15:  Sir John Major arrives at a Service of Thanksgiving for Dame Joan Sutherland on February 15, 2011, in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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.
    1999 - "John Major: The Autobiography" is published.
    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 published.
    2012 - Major's book, "My Old Man: A Personal History of Music Hall," is published.
      February 27, 2017 - During a speech at Chatham House, Major encourages the UK to avoid what he calls a "hard Brexit" as people in the UK "have been led to expect a future that seems to be unreal and over-optimistic."