1923 – He was born on the 23rd of April.
1942 – Briscoe graduated from the University of Texas, where he was a member of the Nu chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity and Alpha Phi Omega.
– Briscoe was selected a New Man in the Texas Cowboys in the spring.
– He then joined the Army, serving in southeast Asia during World War II.
1949-1957 – Briscoe was elected to the state legislature.
1968 – Briscoe competed unsuccessfully in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
1972 – Briscoe returned to politics, seeking and receiving the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas over incumbent Preston Smith, whose late tenure was marred by the Sharpstown scandal.
1974 – In general election — the first for a four-year term in Texas, Briscoe defeated the Republican nominee, former Lubbock Mayor Jim Granberry, by a wide margin, 1,016,334 to 514,725 in a heavily Democratic year.
1975 – Briscoe undercut two attempts to write a new constitution for the state of Texas.
– He said that the proposals before the legislature, acting as a constitutional convention.
1978 – Briscoe was defeated in the Democratic primary by former Chief Justice John L. Hill, who was in turn very narrowly defeated in the general election for Texas governorship by Republican Bill Clements.