1895 – Born Tunku Abdul Rahman at Istana Lama, Seri Menanti, he was the second son of Tuanku Muhammad Shah ibni Almarhum Tuanku Antah on August 24, 1895.
1917 – On the death of his elder brother, Tunku Abdul Aziz, he was groomed as heir to the throne and qualified as a barrister in London. In London, he was elected first President of the Kesatuan Melayu United Kingdom, one of the earliest Malay nationalist groups. Subsequently, he served in the Malayan Civil Service in various parts of British Malaya.
1933 – On the death of his father, Tunku Abdul Rahman (then Tunku Laksamana of Negeri Sembilan) was elected Yang di-Pertuan Besar by the four Undang or Ruling Chieftains of Negeri Sembilan. His accession was witnessed by brother ruler Sultan Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah of Selangor.
1957 – Tuanku Abdul Rahman (as he became) was elected first Yang di-Pertuan Agong or Paramount Ruler of independent Malaya on August 31, 1957 for a five year term.
1960 – Died in his sleep at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur on April 1, 1960. He was buried at the Royal Mausoleum in Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan – in the first state funeral of that nation. He was the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, and second Yang di-Pertuan Besar of modern Negeri Sembilan. His face has adorned all Ringgit Malaysia banknotes since its introduction. Also, his name was commemorates on one of the streets of Kuala Lumpur’s Masjid India business district nearby Dataran Merdeka,Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.