(CNN)Here is a look at Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Birth date: July 17, 1939
Birth place: Mashhad, Iran
Birth name: Seyyed Ali Khamenei
Father: Ayatollah Sayyid Jawad Husaini Khamenei
Mother: Name unavailable publicly
Marriage: Married in 1964
Children: Mostafa, Mojtaba, Massoud, Maysam, Hoda and Boshra
Education: Studied under the future Ayatollah Khomeini at the Islamic seminary in Qom, Iran
Religion: Islamic, Shiite Muslim
Also known as the Supreme Leader.
1962 - Along with Khomeini, begins his involvement with protests, opposing the policies of the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
1977 - Along with other clerics, forms the Combatant Clerics Association, which becomes the Islamic Republic Party.
1980-1987 - Secretary-general and member of the central command of the Islamic Republic Party.
June 1981 - Injured when a bomb placed in a tape recorder explodes at a press conference.
October 13, 1981-August 3, 1989 - President of Iran.
March 1985 - Survives when a suicide bomb detonates nearby.
June 4, 1989-present - Is provisionally elected supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran after the death of Khomeini.
July 28, 1989 - A referendum makes his election official, and a group of religious leaders later confirm his election as supreme leader.
May 2011 - Khamenei becomes locked in a public power struggle with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
February 2012 - Issues a statement that Iran will back any nation or group fighting against Israel.
March 2012 - React