1972 - Chairman of the Republican National Convention.
October 12, 1973 - Is named vice president under Richard Nixon after Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigns.
October 13, 1973 - Declares, "I emphatically and as strongly as I can, I have no intention of being a candidate for any office - president, vice president or anything else - in 1976."
December 6, 1973 - Is sworn in as the 40th vice president of the United States.
August 8, 1974 - Richard Nixon submits his resignation as president to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
August 9, 1974 - Ford is sworn in as the 38th president of the United States by Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, in the East Room of the White House
August 20, 1974 - Names Nelson A. Rockefeller as his vice president.
September 8, 1974 - Grants Nixon a "full, free and absolute pardon."
September 16, 1974 - Announces conditional amnesty for Vietnam War draft evaders and deserters.
October 17, 1974 - Testifies, not under oath, before the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee regarding his pardoning Nixon; was the first sitting president to formally testify before a Congressional committee.
March 1975 - Orders an airlift of about 237,000 anti-Communist Vietnamese refugees from Da Nang; most are taken to the United States.
May 1975 - Cambodia seizes the American ship Mayaguez; Ford sends in the Navy, Marines and Air Force. The ship is retaken and the crew of 39 is rescued, although 41 Americans are killed completing operation.
July 8, 1975 - Formally announces he will seek the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1976.
August 1976 - Narrowly wins Republican nomination for president over Ronald Reagan.
September 5, 1976 - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, is arrested after aiming a .45-caliber pistol at Ford on the grounds of the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
September 22, 1976 - Sara Jane Moore, a political activist, fires a revolver at him in San Francisco.
November 1, 1976 - Jimmy Carter defeats Ford in the presidential election.
1980 - Is offered the vice presidential nomination from Reagan, but declines.
1982 - Establishes the AEI World Forum; held annually in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado.
August, 1999 - Receives the Medal of Freedom from President Clinton.
October 27, 1999 - Receives the Congressional Gold Medal.
1999 - The University of Michigan renames its School of Public Policy the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
August 2, 2000 - Suffers a mild stroke and is admitted to the neurological intensive care unit of Hahnemann University Hospital.
August 6, 2000 - Undergoes successful surgery in a Philadelphia hospital to relieve swelling in his tongue from a rare bacterial infection.
May 22, 2001 - Receives the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library.