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April 23, 1968 Timothy James McVeigh is born to Bill and Mildred "Mickey" McVeigh in Lockport, New York.

1979 Bill and Mickey McVeigh obtain a legal separation, and she briefly leaves her husband and son Timothy in Pendleton, New York, taking their two daughters, Patty and Jennifer, with her. The family soon is reunited, but the marital troubles continue and more separations follow.

1986 The McVeighs divorce. A few months later, Timothy McVeigh graduates from Starpoint Central High School in Lockport. He enrolls in a two-year business college but soon drops out.

1988 McVeigh enlists in the U.S. Army. After undergoing basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he is assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas.

1991 During the Persian Gulf War, McVeigh serves as a gunner on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He is awarded the Army Commendation Medal and four other medals. He tries out for the elite Special Forces unit but drops out. After 43 months, McVeigh opts to leave the Army as a sergeant. He returns to his father's home in Pendleton and works as a security guard.
August 1992 Federal agents raid the cabin of white separatist Randy Weaver in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, accused of selling an illegal sawed-off shotgun. Weaver's 14-year-old son, his wife and a U.S. marshal are killed in gun battles before the suspect surrenders days later.
1993 McVeigh leaves New York and begins traveling from state to state, selling anti-government literature and survival items at gun shows. He spends a few days in Waco, Texas, to protest the siege by federal agents on the compound of a religious group known as the Branch Davidians. The 51-day siege eventually ends in a conflagration April 19. Dozens of Branch Davidian members, including children, are killed.
April 19, 1995 A truck bomb explodes at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children. Hundreds more are injured. The FBI links McVeigh to the bombing and takes him into custody a few days later. He eventually is indicted on charges of using a weapon of mass destruction "to kill and injure innocent persons, and to damage the property of the United States."
1997 McVeigh's federal trial begins April 24. The jury delivers a guilty verdict June 2. On June 13, the same jurors sentence McVeigh to death.
2000 The federal courts reject McVeigh's request to overturn his conviction because of the allegedly poor performance of his attorney. McVeigh eventually notifies a federal judge that he is giving up his appeals altogether.
2001 In January, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons sets May 16 as McVeigh's execution date. But just five days before McVeigh is to die, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft delays the execution until June 11 because of the disclosure that the FBI failed to turn over some documents during the bomber's trial.
June 11, 2001 McVeigh is executed at 7:14 (8:14 a.m. EDT) by lethal injection in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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