This the first of a two-part series on prominent leaders and popular figures lost during 2013, by Greg Corombos of Radio America for WND.

Margaret Thatcher was the “Iron Lady” and shared with President Ronald Reagan the belief that the Soviet Union was an obstacle to be defeated.

Thatcher was among the prominent leaders and popular figures lost during 2013.

She took over a nation in turmoil in 1979 and embraced the free market and economic growth, leaving office in 1990 with the United Kingdom thriving domestically and internationally.

She was 87.

Also on the list are Nelson Mandela, who embraced violent tactics against his opponents in South Africa and spent 27 years in prison as a result, only to be freed and later be elected president of his nation.

Also Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, who famously told the United Nations, the day after President George W. Bush spoke, that “The devil came here yesterday.”

Members of Congress include Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Rep. Tom Foley and Florida Congressman Bill Young.

Among media figures were Al Neuharth of USA Today, and UPI’s Helen Thomas, who famously said Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine.”

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