Margaret Thatcher was born this day, Oct. 13, 1925. She was the first woman prime minister of the United Kingdom. While traveling through New York City in 1996, Margaret Thatcher stated: "Today, people are trying democracy. But they look at it as a philosophy or political pattern, without understanding its roots. I'm afraid democracy's fundamental religious roots are weakening. There are some countries, fortunately, kept alive by faithful people. But even they are tending to weaken. In the British system, children are taught Christianity. They are taught a faith in school. It is a compulsory subject."