Key Dates in the life of Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States. Ford died Tuesday. He was 93.
July 14, 1913: Leslie Lynch King Jr. born, Omaha, Neb. After his
parents divorce and his mother remarries, he is adopted by his
stepfather and takes his name: Gerald R. Ford.
1935: Graduates from University of Michigan, where he had been a
star football player.
1941: Graduates from Yale University law school.
1942-46: In U.S. Naval Reserve, including service aboard
aircraft carrier in the Pacific.
Oct. 15, 1948: Marries Elizabeth "Betty" Bloomer Warren. They
have four children: Michael Gerald, born 1950; John Gardner, born
1952; Steven Meigs, born 1956; and Susan Elizabeth, born 1957.
Nov. 2, 1948: Elected to U.S. House of Representatives after
defeating incumbent in Republican primary. In Congress for nearly
25 years, including stint as House minority leader.
1963-64: Serves on Warren Commission that investigated
assassination of President Kennedy.
Dec. 6, 1973: Confirmed as vice president after resignation of
Aug. 9, 1974: Becomes president after resignation of Richard
Sept. 8, 1974: Gives Nixon an unconditional pardon.
Oct. 17, 1974: Goes before a congressional committee to discuss
pardon; first sitting president to testify under oath in such
Nov. 23-24, 1974: Summit in Vladivostok, U.S.S.R., with Soviet
President Leonid Brezhnev. They reach tentative agreement to limit
the number of nuclear weapons.
April 30, 1975: Saigon falls, ending the Vietnam War.
May 12, 1975: The White House announces the new Cambodian
government had seized an American merchant ship, the Mayaguez, in
international waters. Two days later, U.S. forces raid a Cambodian
island and recapture. All crew members are released safely by
Cambodia, but some 40 U.S. servicemen are killed.
July 30-Aug. 2, 1975: Ford among leaders of 35 nations meeting
in Helsinki, Finland, on European security. Ford, Brezhnev report
progress on strategic arms issues.
Sept. 5, 1975: Charles Manson follower Lynette "Squeaky"
Fromme arrested after aiming a semiautomatic pistol at Ford in
Sept. 22, 1975: Activist Sara Jane Moore arrested after firing a
gun at Ford in San Francisco. In both attempts, Ford was unhurt.
July 4, 1976: Ford is president as nation pauses to mark its
Nov. 2, 1976: Defeated by Jimmy Carter in quest for a full term
Jan. 20, 1977: Leaves office; Carter is inaugurated.
April 1978: Ford and his children stage "intervention" to
persuade his wife Betty to seek treatment for abuse of
medication, alcohol. The successful treatment leads to founding of
Betty Ford Center.
Oct. 27, 1999: Ford and his wife presented with Congressional
August 2000: Suffers small stroke while attending the Republican
National Convention in Philadelphia.
May 21, 2001: Wins John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for
pardoning Richard Nixon.
Sept. 14, 2001: Former presidents Ford, Carter, Bush and Clinton
attend prayer service at National Cathedral in Washington after the
Sept. 11 attacks. The Rev. Billy Graham is among the speakers.
June 11, 2004: Joins President Bush and former Presidents
Carter, Bush and Clinton at the funeral in Washington of former
Nov. 12, 2004: Attends groundbreaking ceremony at the University
of Michigan for the new home of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public
January 2006: Spends 12 days in a California hospital for
treatment of pneumonia.
August 2006: Undergoes treatment at the Mayo Clinic in
Minnesota, receiving a cardiac pacemaker and angioplasty.
Dec. 26, 2006: Dies at age 93, according to his wife Betty.