(CNN) -- Here's a look a the life of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
Personal: Birth date: April 3, 1930
Birth name: Helmut Michael Kohl
Birth place: Ludwigshafen am Rhine (now Rhineland-Palatinate), Germany
Father: Hans Kohl, a civil servant
Mother: Cacilie (Schnur) Kohl
Marriages: Maike (Richter) Kohl (May 8, 2008 - present); Hannelore (Renner) Kohl (June 27, 1960 - July 5, 2001, her death)
Children: with Hannelore: Peter, 1965, and Walter, 1963
Education: University of Frankfurt; University of Heidelberg, PhD, 1958
Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Facts: Kohl worked hard for German reunification, campaigning in East Germany for the CDU party and getting NATO and the Soviet Union's approval.
Timeline: 1947 - Begins working in the Christian Democratic Union.
1959-1976 - Serves in the legislature of the West German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
1969-1976 - Serves as Minister-president of Rhineland-Palatinate.
June 12, 1973-September 27, 1998 - Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union.
October 1976-October 2, 1990 - A member of the Bundestag, West Germany's lower house of parliament.
October 1, 1982-October 2, 1990 - Chancellor of West Germany
1988 - Along with then French President Francois Mitterrand, Kohl receives the Charlemagne Award for efforts towards European unification.
October 3, 1990 - West and East Germany are reunified.
October 3, 1990 - September 27, 1998 - Chancellor of Germany
October 3, 1990 - September 12, 2002 - A member of Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament
1992 - Chairman of the Group of Seven
October 1998 - Is named Honorary Citizen of Europe for his work in the integration of Europe,
April 20, 1999 - Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton at the White House.
November 30, 1999 - Admits that he accepted anonymous political donations between 1993 and 1998, totaling more than $1 million. Acceptance of such funds is a crime under German law.
2000 - A criminal investigation is launched about the illegal fundraising. Kohl refuses to discuss details of the funds and is harshly criticized for his role in the scandal.
February 8, 2001 - The criminal investigation into illegal fundraising is dropped, and Kohl agrees to pay a fine of 300,000 German marks, $142,000.
November 2004 and 2005 - Publishes memoirs, "Memories: 1930-1982" and "Memories: 1982-1990".
December 2004 - Kohl is in Sri Lanka on vacation when the tsunami hits and is rescued by the Sri Lankan Air Force.
April 3, 2006 - Receives the Class One order of the Terra Mariana Cross from the government of Estonia for his support of Estonia's bid for independence.
February 28, 2008 - Is hospitalized after falling and fracturing a hip at his house in Ludwigshafen.
October 31, 2009 - Meets with Mikhail Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush in Berlin to mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.