Letitia Baldrige, whose work as chief of staff for U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy helped establish her as an authority on etiquette, the “social arbiter” of “new American manners,” as a 1978 Time magazine cover put it, has died. She was 86.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s decision not to seek the presidency removes one of the last lingering questions surrounding the Republican presidential field just three months before the first round of voting is to begin.
Betty Ford, the outspoken U.S. first lady whose candid revelations about her struggles with breast cancer and drug and alcohol abuse helped spur awareness of issues few Americans had openly discussed before, died yesterday. She was 93 and lived in Rancho Mirage, California.
Margaret Thatcher considered pulling out of Northern Ireland in 1981 as hunger strikes by republican prisoners brought international condemnation, in contrast to her public position that she would “not flinch” from keeping the province in the U.K., previously secret papers show.