1921 – Born on the 11th of november in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho.
– He served as a seargent in the Marines during World War II.
1946 – Earned a B.A. from the Southern Idaho College of Education at Albion.
– Bell started a career as a high school teacher and bus driver.
1954 – He earned an M.A. from the University of Idaho.
1961 – Ph.D. in education from the University of Utah.
1974-1976 – He served as the Utah Commissioner of Higher Education.
1981 – Bell convinced Reagan to appoint a commission to study excellence in education.
– Served as the U.S. Secretary of Education under President Reagan.
1983 – Oversaw issuing of report "A Nation at Risk".
1985 – Bell served for Reagan’s first term, resigning in January. He returned to Utah, and joined the faculty at the University of Utah.
1988 – Published his memoir entitled The Thirteenth Man: A Reagan Cabinet Memoir.
1991 – wrote "How to Shape Up Our Nation’s Schools".
1996 – Died in Salt Lake City, Utah on 22nd of June.