1923: Born Nov. 18 in Indianapolis, third of four children.
Mid-1920s: Family moves to Chicago; father works as accountant.
1929-30: Father loses job after stock market crash; parents divorce; siblings return to Indianapolis to live with grandparents, father.
1938: After father dies, moves to Manhattan Beach, Calif., to live with aunt.
1942: Graduates from Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, Calif. Enrolls in Oregon State University; attends one semester.
1943: Enrolls in Montana State College for Army Air Corps cadet training. Joins Army Air Corps in Santa Ana, Calif.; receives wings in 1944.
1944-46: Serves as transport pilot flying C-46s and C-47s in China-Burma-India theater during WWII; receives Distinguished Flying Cross.
1947: Graduates with B.A. in political science from UCLA.
1950: Graduates from Harvard Law School; admitted to the bar in Washington, D.C.
1950: Hired by Washington D.C. law firm, Northcutt Ely; works as legal advisor to Usibelli Coal Mine in Healy, AK.
1952: Marries Ann Mary Cherrington in Denver, Colo. The union produces five children: Susan, Elizabeth, Walter, Theodore Jr. and Ben.
1952: Drives up Alaska Highway to begin practicing law in Fairbanks.
1953: Appointed U.S. attorney, Fairbanks.
1956: Moves to D.C. as legislative counsel to secretary of Interior; works behind the scenes to advance Alaska statehood.
1957: Passes Alaska bar exam.
1960: Appointed chief counsel to Secretary of the Interior Fred Seaton.
1961: Returns to Alaska after Kennedy election to practice law in Anchorage.
1962: Runs for U.S. Senate on Republican ticket; defeated in general election by incumbent Democrat, Sen. Ernest Gruening.
1964: Elected to Alaska House of Representatives. Re-elected in 1966; serves as House Majority leader.
1968: Runs for U.S. Senate as Republican; loses primary to Anchorage banker Elmer Rasmuson (who loses in general election to Democrat Mike Gravel).
1968: Appointed to U.S. Senate by Alaska Gov. Walter Hickel on Dec. 24 to fill vacancy left by death of Sen. E.L. Bartlett, a Democrat.
1970: Elected to U.S. Senate in a special election on Nov. 3 to complete Bartlett's term.
1971: Plays major role in drafting 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which paves way for construction of trans-Alaska pipeline.
1972: Re-elected to U.S. Senate with 77 percent of vote.
1973: Helps win U.S. Senate approval of trans-Alaska pipeline act by one-vote margin.
1977: Serves as Republican whip, U.S. Senate, through 1985.
1978: Re-elected to U.S. Senate with 76 percent of the vote.
1978: Survives Learjet crash at Anchorage International Airport; five people die, including wife Ann.
1979: Plays major role in shaping 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
1980: Marries Catherine Bittner Chandler (daughter Lily born in 1981).
1984: Re-elected to U.S. Senate with 71 percent of the vote.
1990: Re-elected to U.S. Senate with 66 percent of the vote.
1996: Reelected to U.S. Senate with 77 percent of the vote.
1997: Chairs Senate Appropriations Committee from 1997 to 2001 and 2003 to 2005; directs more than $3 billion in federal money to Alaska from 1995 to 2008.
1998: Receives first of 10 "Oinker Awards" for wasteful government spending, presented by Citizens Against Government Waste.
2000: Voted "Alaskan of the Century" by Alaskan of the Year Committee.
2000: Honored by Alaska Legislature, which renames state's largest airport Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
2002: Re-elected to U.S. Senate with 78 percent of the vote; becomes longest-serving Republican senator.
2003: Accused in Los Angeles Times story of using political influence to amass personal wealth.
2003: Appointed president pro tempore U.S. Senate, serves through 2007.
2007: Named in May 29 Daily News story as subject of federal grand jury probe into remodeling of his home in Girdwood, coordinated by Veco Corp.
2007: FBI and IRS agents raid his Girdwood home on July 30.
2008: Files for re-election on Feb. 21 for eighth term in U.S. Senate.
2008: Indicted Tuesday on seven federal criminal counts.
Sources: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress; 2008 Almanac of American Politics; Who's Who is Alaskan Politics; Anchorage Daily News files. Compiled by George Bryson
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