1899 – Born on the 8th of January in Colombo, Ceylon.
He was educated as a lawyer in England.
1931-1951 – Became active in the United National Party (UNP) and served the party in legislative and ministerial posts.
1937 – Organized the Sinhala Maha Sabha.
1951 – Led his faction, the Sinhala Maha Sabha, out of the UNP and established the Sri Lanka Freedom Party
1956 – He became prime minister after winning the 1956 elections.
1959 – Assassinated on 26th of September by Talduwe Somarama, a Buddhist monk.