1910: Born in Salt Lake City

1932: Graduates from the University of Utah

1933-35: Serves a full-time mission to the British Isles

1935: Works on the LDS Church's new Radio, Publicity and Mission Literature Committee

1937: Marries Marjorie Pay in the Salt Lake LDS Temple

1937: Called to the Deseret Sunday School Union Board

1956: Called as president of the East Millcreek Stake

1958: Sustained as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve

1961: Ordained an LDS apostle at age 51

1981: Called as a counselor to President Spencer W. Kimball

1982: Called as second counselor to President Kimball

1985: Called as first counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson

1994: Called as first counse-lor to President Howard W. Hunter

1995: Sustained as president of the LDS Church

1996: First Presidency issues Proclamation on the Family

1996: Becomes first president to visit mainland China

1999: Announces reconstruction of the Nauvoo LDS Temple (dedicated in 2002)

2000: Celebrates his 90th birthday; dedicates the Conference Center

2001: Creates the Perpetual Education Fund

2002: Becomes first president to visit Russia and the Ukraine

2004: Marjorie Pay Hinckley, President Hinckley's wife, dies at age 94

2004: Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award

2005: Commemorates 10 years with Presidents Monson and Faust as a First Presidency

2005: Celebrates his 95th birthday

2006: Has surgery to remove a cancerous growth in his large intestine

2007: Rededicates renovated Salt Lake tabernacle

2007: Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center dedicated at BYU

2008: Rededicates Utah's renovated state Capitol

2008: He dies at home on Jan. 27