1916 – Born on the 20th of November in San Francisco, California.
1947-1985 – He was a master spy in the CIA (and its wartime forerunner, the Office of Strategic Services) and was noted for his deft decision making.
1965 – One of Blee’s biggest early triumphs came, when as CIA station chief in India he handled the defection of Svetlana Stalin, the daughter of the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
1971 – Blee was put in charge of the CIA’s Soviet Division and made a break with the agency’s chief of counterintelligence, James Angleton, effectively ending Angleton’s influence over the agency’s operations against Moscow.
2000 – He died on the 4th of August in his home in Bethesda, Maryland.