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Donald Trump

Presidential Candidate, Republican Party

Last Edit: September 21, 2016

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06/14/1946

Donald John Trump is born to Frederick, real estate developer, and Mary (née MacLeod) in Queens, NY.

c. 1951

Donald attends The Kew-Forest School.

1959

After becoming what his dad calls a "rough fellow," Donald is enrolled at the NY Military Academy.

1964

Donald enrolls at Fordham U. and will receive 4 of his 5 Vietnam War draft deferments for education.

1966

He transfers to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.

1968

Donald earns his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Wharton.

1968

Trump launches his real estate development career by joining his dad's company, Elizabeth Trump & Son.

1971

Donald is given control of Elizabeth Trump & Son, which he later renames the Trump Organization.

1972

Trump makes a $550K profit by selling his dad's Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati, OH.
2

1973

Trump is accused of anti-black bias by the DoJ in his operating of 39 apartments in NYC.

04/07/1977

In a lavish ceremony, Donald weds Ivana Marie Zelničkova, a Czech model.

12/31/1977

Donald becomes a father for the first time when Ivana gives birth to Donald John Trump, Jr.
2

September 1980

Donald Trump stakes a claim in the hotel market when he modernizes and reopens the Grand Hyatt NY.

10/30/1981

Donald becomes a father for the second time when Ivana gives birth to Ivanka Marie.

03/15/1982

Donald secures an NJ state gaming license and acquires what is now the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino.

1983

Trump Tower, located on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, is completed.
2

1983

He buys the New Jersey Generals, a USFL team. However, the league can't compete with the NFL.

01/06/1984

Donald becomes a father for the third time when Ivana gives birth to Eric Frederic.

September 1986

Trump completes the Central Park ice skating rink renovation saving it from NYC's inept attempt.

July 1987

Trump registers as a Republican voter, but switches parties several times in the future.
2

11/01/1987

Donald Trump releases his memoir, Trump: The Art of the Deal, which will become a bestseller.

12/01/1987

Richard Nixon sends Trump a note "Whenever you decide to run for office, you will be a winner".

03/27/1988

Trump buys the Plaza Hotel for $390M, but sells it for a loss of $65M seven years later.

1989

Trump first appears on the cover of TIME.
2

February 1990

Donald and Ivana divorce in an ugly spectacle that will play out in the tabloid press.
2

4/1/1990

He opens his third casino in Atlantic City, The Trump Taj Mahal; it costs $1.1B to build.

1990

Trump's gambling empire crumbles; with $3.4B in debt, his business faces bankruptcy.
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1990

Trump's father allegedly donates $3.5M in casino chips to clear his debts. No legal action is taken.
2

1992

In a scene shot at Trump's Plaza Hotel, he makes a cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.

10/13/1993

Donald becomes a father for the fourth time when actress Marla Maples gives birth to Tiffany Ariana.

12/20/1993

Donald marries actress Marla Maples, identified as the "other woman" during his marriage to Ivana.

1994

NY Magazine covers his finances. He sues Barbara Corcoran, later of Shark Tank – and loses millions.

06/07/1995

Trump makes his financial comeback when his company's flagship, the Trump Plaza Casino, goes public.

10/24/1996

Trump announces his purchase of Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA.
2

6/8/1999

After separating two years earlier, Trump and Maples end their marriage in Manhattan Supreme Court.
2

10/25/1999

Trump converts from GOP affiliation to Reform Party; seeks 2000 presidential nomination.
2

November 1999

Trump proposes massive one-time "net worth" tax on individuals and trusts worth over $10M.
2

1/1/2000

Trump outlines political problems and solutions in a new book, The America We Deserve.
2

02/14/2000

Trump drops out of Reform Party presidential nomination race.

3/7/2000

Despite having already left the race, Trump wins the Reform Party's primary in California.
2

2001

He unveils the completed Trump World Tower, a 72-story residential building in Manhattan, NYC.

August 2001

Trump registers as a Democratic voter.

8/1/2003

Trump is forced to sell the GM Building for $1.5 billion after his debt financer’s stock crashes.

2004

With the economy lagging, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
2

01/08/2004

Donald launches his TV career as host and co-producer of NBC's "The Apprentice."
2

01/22/2005

Trump marries Melania Knauss, a Slovenian fashion model he had been courting since 1998.
2

01/01/2006

Author Timothy O'Brien says Trump isn't a billionaire; Trump sues him, claiming $5B in damages.
2

03/20/2006

Donald becomes a father for the fifth time when Melania gives birth to Barron William.
2

01/16/2007

Trump is honored with the Hollywood Walk of Fame's 2,327th Star.

02/17/2009

Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. files for Chapter 11 protection.

September 2009

Trump re-registers as a Republican voter.
2

2011

Trump becomes involved in the "birther" movement, asserting that President Obama is not US-born.
2

2011

Trump contemplates a 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
2

03/15/2013

Trump is a featured speaker at the year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
2

4/6/2013

Donald is inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame.
2

2015

After making controversial statements about Mexican immigrants, Trump is fired from The Apprentice.
2

06/16/2015

In a speech at the Trump Tower, Trump declares his intention to run for GOP presidential nomination.
2

July 2015

Trump proposes building a wall along US-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants.
2

8/1/2015

Upset at Megyn Kelly's questions for him at the GOP debate on Fox, Trump begins a war of words.
2

12/8/2015

Trump proposes a travel ban forbidding Muslims from entering the United States.

12/9/2015

Donald J Trump comes in third for TIME “Person of the Year” award.
2

January 2016

Claiming unfair treatment from Megyn Kelly, Trump sits out the final debate before the Iowa Caucus.
2

2/2/2016

Trump loses to Senator Ted Cruz, finishing second in the Iowa Republican Caucus.
2

February 2016

Trump claims Ted Cruz stole the Iowa Caucus, but no evidence of this is ever found.
2

February 2016

Trump wins primaries in 13 states; Ben Carson, also a GOP nominee, drops out and joins Trump.

3/11/16

Trump cancels Chicago rally due to safety concerns amid growing violence.
2

3/15/16

He adds 191 delegates, losing only OH to Kasich; Rubio drops out after losing Florida.
2

5/3/16

Cruz ends campaign with 566 delegates; Trump's delegate count grows to 1,047 of the necessary 1,237.
2

5/4/16

Trump's last GOP opponent, Kasich, ends campaign with 153 delegates; Trump is presumptive nominee.
2

6/7/16

Trump sweeps remaining primaries on way to 1,447 delegates, exceeding the 1,237 for GOP nomination.
2

June 2016

Rumors surface about last-ditch Dump Trump campaigns at the Republican National Convention.
2

7/15/16

Trump announces via Twitter that Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be his VP running mate.
2

7/21/16

Trump accepts the Republican presidential nomination at Republican National Convention.

August 2016

Federal judge allows lawsuit against Donald's Trump University to proceed to trial.
1940s

06/14/1946

Donald John Trump is born to Frederick, real estate developer, and Mary (née MacLeod) in Queens, NY.

1950s

c. 1951

Donald attends The Kew-Forest School.

1959

After becoming what his dad calls a "rough fellow," Donald is enrolled at the NY Military Academy.

1960s

1964

Donald enrolls at Fordham U. and will receive 4 of his 5 Vietnam War draft deferments for education.

1966

He transfers to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.

1968

Donald earns his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Wharton.

1968

Trump launches his real estate development career by joining his dad's company, Elizabeth Trump & Son.

1970s

1971

Donald is given control of Elizabeth Trump & Son, which he later renames the Trump Organization.

1972

Trump makes a $550K profit by selling his dad's Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati, OH.

1973

Trump is accused of anti-black bias by the DoJ in his operating of 39 apartments in NYC.

04/07/1977

In a lavish ceremony, Donald weds Ivana Marie Zelničkova, a Czech model.

12/31/1977

Donald becomes a father for the first time when Ivana gives birth to Donald John Trump, Jr.

1980s

September 1980

Donald Trump stakes a claim in the hotel market when he modernizes and reopens the Grand Hyatt NY.

10/30/1981

Donald becomes a father for the second time when Ivana gives birth to Ivanka Marie.

03/15/1982

Donald secures an NJ state gaming license and acquires what is now the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino.

1983

Trump Tower, located on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, is completed.

1983

He buys the New Jersey Generals, a USFL team. However, the league can't compete with the NFL.

01/06/1984

Donald becomes a father for the third time when Ivana gives birth to Eric Frederic.

September 1986

Trump completes the Central Park ice skating rink renovation saving it from NYC's inept attempt.

July 1987

Trump registers as a Republican voter, but switches parties several times in the future.

11/01/1987

Donald Trump releases his memoir, Trump: The Art of the Deal, which will become a bestseller.

12/01/1987

Richard Nixon sends Trump a note "Whenever you decide to run for office, you will be a winner".

03/27/1988

Trump buys the Plaza Hotel for $390M, but sells it for a loss of $65M seven years later.

1989

Trump first appears on the cover of TIME.

1990s

February 1990

Donald and Ivana divorce in an ugly spectacle that will play out in the tabloid press.

4/1/1990

He opens his third casino in Atlantic City, The Trump Taj Mahal; it costs $1.1B to build.

1990

Trump's gambling empire crumbles; with $3.4B in debt, his business faces bankruptcy.

1990

Trump's father allegedly donates $3.5M in casino chips to clear his debts. No legal action is taken.

1992

In a scene shot at Trump's Plaza Hotel, he makes a cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.

10/13/1993

Donald becomes a father for the fourth time when actress Marla Maples gives birth to Tiffany Ariana.

12/20/1993

Donald marries actress Marla Maples, identified as the "other woman" during his marriage to Ivana.

1994

NY Magazine covers his finances. He sues Barbara Corcoran, later of Shark Tank – and loses millions.

06/07/1995

Trump makes his financial comeback when his company's flagship, the Trump Plaza Casino, goes public.

10/24/1996

Trump announces his purchase of Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA.

6/8/1999

After separating two years earlier, Trump and Maples end their marriage in Manhattan Supreme Court.

10/25/1999

Trump converts from GOP affiliation to Reform Party; seeks 2000 presidential nomination.

November 1999

Trump proposes massive one-time "net worth" tax on individuals and trusts worth over $10M.

2000s

1/1/2000

Trump outlines political problems and solutions in a new book, The America We Deserve.

02/14/2000

Trump drops out of Reform Party presidential nomination race.

3/7/2000

Despite having already left the race, Trump wins the Reform Party's primary in California.

2001

He unveils the completed Trump World Tower, a 72-story residential building in Manhattan, NYC.

August 2001

Trump registers as a Democratic voter.

8/1/2003

Trump is forced to sell the GM Building for $1.5 billion after his debt financer’s stock crashes.

2004

With the economy lagging, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

01/08/2004

Donald launches his TV career as host and co-producer of NBC's "The Apprentice."

01/22/2005

Trump marries Melania Knauss, a Slovenian fashion model he had been courting since 1998.

01/01/2006

Author Timothy O'Brien says Trump isn't a billionaire; Trump sues him, claiming $5B in damages.

03/20/2006

Donald becomes a father for the fifth time when Melania gives birth to Barron William.

01/16/2007

Trump is honored with the Hollywood Walk of Fame's 2,327th Star.

02/17/2009

Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. files for Chapter 11 protection.

September 2009

Trump re-registers as a Republican voter.

2010s

2011

Trump becomes involved in the "birther" movement, asserting that President Obama is not US-born.

2011

Trump contemplates a 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

03/15/2013

Trump is a featured speaker at the year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

4/6/2013

Donald is inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame.

2015

After making controversial statements about Mexican immigrants, Trump is fired from The Apprentice.

06/16/2015

In a speech at the Trump Tower, Trump declares his intention to run for GOP presidential nomination.

July 2015

Trump proposes building a wall along US-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants.

8/1/2015

Upset at Megyn Kelly's questions for him at the GOP debate on Fox, Trump begins a war of words.

12/8/2015

Trump proposes a travel ban forbidding Muslims from entering the United States.

12/9/2015

Donald J Trump comes in third for TIME “Person of the Year” award.

January 2016

Claiming unfair treatment from Megyn Kelly, Trump sits out the final debate before the Iowa Caucus.

2/2/2016

Trump loses to Senator Ted Cruz, finishing second in the Iowa Republican Caucus.

February 2016

Trump claims Ted Cruz stole the Iowa Caucus, but no evidence of this is ever found.

February 2016

Trump wins primaries in 13 states; Ben Carson, also a GOP nominee, drops out and joins Trump.

3/11/16

Trump cancels Chicago rally due to safety concerns amid growing violence.

3/15/16

He adds 191 delegates, losing only OH to Kasich; Rubio drops out after losing Florida.

5/3/16

Cruz ends campaign with 566 delegates; Trump's delegate count grows to 1,047 of the necessary 1,237.

5/4/16

Trump's last GOP opponent, Kasich, ends campaign with 153 delegates; Trump is presumptive nominee.

6/7/16

Trump sweeps remaining primaries on way to 1,447 delegates, exceeding the 1,237 for GOP nomination.

June 2016

Rumors surface about last-ditch Dump Trump campaigns at the Republican National Convention.

7/15/16

Trump announces via Twitter that Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be his VP running mate.

7/21/16

Trump accepts the Republican presidential nomination at Republican National Convention.

August 2016

Federal judge allows lawsuit against Donald's Trump University to proceed to trial.

July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016

Rumors about Donald's relationship with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin are highlighted in the news.

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