1. Benazir Bhutto was born June 21, 1953, in Karachi, Pakistan. Her name means “one without equal.”
2. Bhutto was known to her friends as Pinkie, a childhood nickname given to her by her family because she was an unusually pink baby.
3. She attended Catholic schools in Pakistan. She entered Harvard University’s Radcliffe College at age 16 and earned a cum laude degree in comparative government in 1973. She went on to Oxford University where she was the first Asian woman to be elected president of the Oxford Union.
4. Her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was the founder of the Pakistan People’s Party.
5. In 1986, when Bhutto returned to Pakistan from exile in Britain, she was greeted by such large crowds that it took her motorcade 9 ½ hours to travel the 8 miles from the airport to a rally site in Lahore.
6. Bhutto was married on Dec. 18, 1987, to Asif Ali Ardari, a wealthy businessman.
7. In 1988, Bhutto was the first woman ever elected to govern a Muslim country.
8.Bhutto once mentioned that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s “Iron Lady,” was her role model but noted: “As a Muslim woman, I have great respect for Khadija, wife of the prophet of Islam, because she was a working woman.”
9. After her father was hanged to death, her family was repeatedly put under house arrest. The then regime finally imprisoned her under solitary confinement in a desert cell in Sindh in summer 1981.
10. Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi, the city in which her father was hanged in 1979.