Mother: Gwen (Coates) Major, dancer
Marriage: Norma (Johnson) Major (1970-present)
Children: James and Elizabeth
Left school at age 16.
Worked at a bank prior to entering politics.
Was appointed financial guardian of Prince William
and Prince Harry
after Princess Diana's
As of 2016, Major is the chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, also known as Chatham House.
1968-1971 - Member of the Lambeth Borough Council.
1974 - Unsuccessfully runs for a seat in parliament.
1979 - Wins a seat in parliament, representing Huntingdonshire.
1983 - Becomes assistant government whip.
1984 - Becomes treasury whip.
1985-1986 - Serves as undersecretary state for social security.
1986 - Is appointed minister of state for social security.
1987-1989 - Serves as chief secretary to the Treasury.
July 1989 - Is appointed foreign secretary.
October 1989 - Is appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer.
November 28, 1990 - Becomes prime minister of the United Kingdom.
1990-1997 - Serves as prime minister of the United Kingdom.
June 1995 - Resigns as the head of the Conservative Party and calls for a parliamentary election to establish leadership of the party. He wins the election.
1999 - "John Major: The Autobiography" is released.
2001 - Retires from Parliament.
2002 - Admits to having a four-year affair with Edwina Currie, a fellow MP, during the 1980s.
Is made a Knight of the Garter by Queen Elizabeth II
2007 - Major's book "More Than A Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years" is released.
2012 - Major's book "My Old Man: A Personal History of Music Hall" is released.