Key dates in the life of Egypt's Mubarak

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Posted: Aug 03, 2011 5:10 AM
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.

_ Aug. 3, 2011 _ Mubarak is wheeled into a Cairo courtroom lying on a hospital gurney as his trial starts on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters. His sons Gamal and Alaa, and seven others on trial, including former interior minister, appear next to him inside the defendants' cage.