September 5, 1972 - The Palestinian terrorist organization known as Black September is involved in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli athletes at the Olympics in Munich, Germany.
October 28, 1974 - The PLO is recognized as the "sole legitimate representative" of the Palestinian people by an assembled group of leaders at the Arab summit in Rabat, Morocco.
November 13, 1974 - Addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations. Quoted as saying, "I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand."
August 30, 1982 - Forced to flee Lebanon with the PLO, resettles in Tunis, Tunisia.
December 13, 1988 - Renounces terrorism and recognizes Israel's right to exist and declares a Palestinian State, in a speech before the United Nations.
1990-1991 - Supports Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War.
April 8, 1992 - Survives a plane crash in Libya that kills the pilot and two others.
September 13, 1993 - Israel and the PLO sign Oslo peace accords in Washington, D.C. Arafat shakes hand with Yitzhak Rabin after the signing.
May 4, 1994 - Signs an accord giving the Palestinians limited self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza.
July 1, 1994 - Returns to Gaza for the first time in 27 years.
July 5, 1994 - Takes the oath of office as head of the Palestinian National Authority, at Jericho in the West Bank.
October 14, 1994 - Wins Nobel Peace Prize along with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.
January 20, 1996 - Elected President of the Palestinian National Authority.
October 17, 2001 - Agrees to a cease-fire that would end several weeks of fighting between the Palestinian and Israeli armies.
December 13, 2001 - Israel breaks off all contact, blaming him for Hamas attacks in Israel.
December 23, 2001 - Barred from attending Christmas Observance in Bethlehem.
March 29, 2002 - Israeli forces storm Arafat's compound in Ramallah, in retaliation for wave of recent suicide bombings.
May 1, 2002 - Israeli forces withdraw from Arafat's compound after a month-long siege. The withdrawal hinged on six Palestinian prisoners, wanted by Israel, who had been in the compound. They were transferred to a Palestinian jail in Jericho and will be under U.S. and British supervision.
May 2, 2002 - Arafat leaves his compound to tour the damage in Ramallah.
June 5, 2002 - The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) raids Arafat's compound again, this time in retaliation for another suicide bombing in Megiddo Junction that killed 17 Israelis, 13 of them soldiers.
June 2002 - President George W. Bush calls for Arafat's ouster.
September 20, 2002 - Third raid on Arafat's compound. Israelis destroy a bridge connecting two buildings of Arafat's compound. Then, bulldozers raze the area between and around the buildings. Government officials report that there are no plans to harm Arafat himself. The siege lasts for ten days.
December 16, 2002 - Denounces Osama bin Laden and says that al Qaeda has no connection to the PLO or the Palestinian cause.
March 19, 2003 - Accepts Mahmoud Abbas in the new position of Prime Minister, under pressure from his cabinet and the United States.
April 2003 - Attempts to shape a road map for peace with the backing of the United States, Britain, Russia and the European Union to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and establish an independent Palestinian state by 2005. The deal is contingent on the establishment of a 24-member Palestinian cabinet.