1908 – Born on the 10th of May in McAlester, Oklahoma.
1927 – He entered the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in political science.
1928 – He won the National Oratorical Championship.
1931 – He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and then studied at the University of Oxford under the Rhodes Scholarship.
1935 – He returned to the U.S. and practiced law in Oklahoma City.
1941 – He joined the United States Army Air Forces and earned a Bronze Star.
1947 – He was elected as Democrat representing the Oklahoma Congressional District 3.
1971 – He was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
– He began the task of working with the Nixon Administration.
1974 – He was confronted with the issue of succession.
1977 – He decided to retire at the end of the 94th Congress in early January.
2000 – He died on the 4th of February in McAlester, Oklahoma.