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Chronology of Milosevic's career

Aug. 20, 1941: Born in Pozarevac in central Serbia.

1964: Graduates from Belgrade Law School, joins the Communist Party.

1984: Appointed party leader in the capital, Belgrade, by friend Ivan Stambolic, head of the Serbian Communist Party.

1986: Succeeds Stambolic as Serbian Communist boss after Stambolic is named president of Serbia.

April 1987: Delivers inflammatory speech in Kosovo to Serbs demanding protection from ethnic Albanian majority in province. Speech catapults Milosevic to prominence.

September 1987: Milosevic accuses Stambolic and others of anti-Communist and anti-Serbian policies during live telecast of party meeting, forcing their resignations.

1989: Milosevic becomes president of Serbia, strips Kosovo of autonomy. More than 20 killed in protests.

1990: Yugoslavia sends in troops to impose control. Serbia dissolves Kosovo's government.

1991: Croatia and Slovenia declare independence from Yugoslavia. Milosevic sends tanks to Slovenian borders, triggering a brief war that ends in Slovenia's secession. Milosevic encourages Serbs in Croatia to take up arms.

1992: UN-patrolled cease-fire in Croatia takes effect in January. In March, Bosnia-Herzegovina declares its independence. Milosevic bankrolls Bosnian Serb rebellion.

1995: Milosevic agrees to settlement of Bosnian war at peace talks in Dayton, Ohio. NATO authorizes deploying 60,000 troops.

November to December 1996: Milosevic allies win parliamentary elections, but opposition coalition apparently wins runoffs in most local elections, including Belgrade. Milosevic-controlled electoral commissions annul local elections. Violence erupts in December, with dozens injured and at least one killed.

January 1997: Milosevic concedes defeat and allows opposition to take control of several cities.

July 1997: Because of constitutional term limits, Milosevic has Parliament name him president of Yugoslavia, comprising only the republics of Serbia and Montenegro.

February 1998: Milosevic sends troops to crush new ethnic Albanian uprising in Kosovo.

September 1998: UN Security Council adopts resolution calling for immediate cease-fire.

October 1998: NATO authorizes airstrikes against Serb military targets. Milosevic agrees to withdraw troops, and allow return of refugees and 2,000 unarmed monitors to verify compliance. Attacks continue.

March 1999: Kosovo Albanians sign peace deal calling for broad interim autonomy and 28,000 NATO troops. Serb delegation refuses and talks are suspended.

March 24, 1999: NATO airstrikes begin.

May 1999: Milosevic and four subordinates are indicted by UN war crimes tribunal on charges including murder, persecutions, and violations of the laws of war.

June 3, 1999: Yugoslavia's government accepts plan for UN administration of Kosovo and return of more than 850,000 ethnic Albanians policed by a NATO-led force.

June 9, 1999: Yugoslav and Western generals sign pact.

Sept. 24, 2000: Yugoslavs vote directly for president for first time. Supporters of Milosevic challenger Vojislav Kostunica declare victory, but election commission says runoff needed, prompting massive protests.

Oct. 5: Milosevic ousted after mobs rampage through Belgrade.

April 1, 2001: Police arrest him in his villa after 26-hour standoff.

Feb. 12, 2002: Trial begins.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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