Key dates in the life of Egypt's Mubarak

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Posted: Aug 02, 2011 1:30 PM
Key dates in the life of Egypt's Mubarak

Key dates in the life of Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, whose trial is to begin on Wednesday.

_ May 4, 1928 _ Born in the Nile Delta village of Kafr el-Moseilha.

_ April 1975 _ Chosen by President Anwar Sadat to be vice president.

_ Oct. 14, 1981 _ Sworn in as Egypt's president following Sadat's assassination.

_ June 26, 1995 _ Survives an assassination attempt while visiting Ethiopia.

_ 2003 _ Collapses during a speech to parliament, blamed on a combination of cold medication and fasting during Ramadan.

_ 2004 _ Undergoes a minor back operation in Germany.

_ February 2005 _ Orders constitutional amendments that pave the way for first-ever multi-candidate elections.

_ March 2005 _ Hundreds participate in protests to oppose a fifth term for Mubarak or plans to let his son Gamal succeed him.

_ Sept. 7, 2005 _ First multi-candidate presidential election is held. Mubarak wins easily over nine other candidates. Mubarak is sworn in fifth consecutive term several weeks later.

_ March 6, 2010 _ Undergoes gall bladder surgery in Germany, temporarily handing power to prime minister.

_ Nov. 28, 2010 _ Parliamentary elections are held that opposition parties say are marred by fraud.

_ Jan. 25, 2011 _ Thousands of anti-government protesters in Cairo stage the biggest demonstrations in Egypt in years.

_ Jan. 28, 2011 _ Mass protests rock Cairo and other cities. Mubarak orders the army out on the streets to restore order.

_ Jan. 29, 2011 _ Mubarak appoints his first vice president, Omar Suleiman, in a bid to appease protesters. A wave of looting grips Egypt after police withdraw from Cairo and several cities.

_ Feb. 1, 2011 _ Promises not to seek re-election but says he will serve out the last months of his term and "die on Egyptian soil."

_ Feb. 10, 2011 _ Refuses to leave office but hands some powers to VP in state TV appearance that leaves protesters furious.

_ Feb. 11, 2011 _ Resigns and hands power to the military after protesters flood the streets of Cairo and other cities.

_ April 13, 2011 _ Detained along with his two sons for ordering the use of lethal force against protesters and corruption. The elder Mubarak is held in custody at a Sharm el-Sheikh hospital to monitor his health.

_ June 1, 2011 _ Egypt's top prosecutor announces Aug. 3 as date for start of Mubarak's trial.

_ July 14, 2011 _ Mubarak denies responsibility for the killing some 850 protesters by his security forces, during Egypt's uprising, according to a published transcript of his interrogation.

_ July 26, 2011 _ Mubarak's chief doctors say he has refused to eat for four days, has lost weight and is weak. Still, days later, the health minister pronounces him fit to attend trial.