Key dates in life of Saudi Arabian King Fahd:
—1923: Born, son of King Abdul Aziz, founder of modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
—1945: Member of Saudi delegation at signing of U.N. Charter.
—1953: Appointed country's first education minister, lays foundation for nationwide school system.
—1962: Named interior minister.
—1967: Becomes to second deputy prime minister.
—1975: Anointed crown prince, becoming de facto ruler during illness of half-brother King Khaled.
—1981: Proposes Mideast peace plan calling for Palestinian state in return for implicit acceptance of Israel, but Arab hard-liners reject proposal at Arab League summit.
—1982: Assumes throne at Khaled's death.
—1988: Signs Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
—1988: Initiates diplomatic efforts to end eight-year Iraq-Iran war.
—1990: Signs border demarcation accord with Oman.
—1990: Condemns Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and worked with U.S.-led coalition to drive Iraqis out. Angers Islamic militants by allowing U.S. and other Western troops onto Saudi soil.
—1993: Introduces new regulations for Council of Ministers.
—1993: Hosts 14th Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh
—1993: Donates $100 million for social services and utility projects for Palestinians in Gaza Strip and West Bank.
—1993: Approves new Higher Education Council and universities system.
—1994: Donates funds for restoration of Islam's third holiest shrine and two other mosques in Jerusalem.
—1995: Suffers stroke; brother Crown Prince Abdullah takes over as day to day leader.
—Aug. 1, 2005: Fahd dies at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
Sources: King Fahd's Web site, Saudi Arabian Information Resource.