1936 – He was born on the 21st of March in Oshawa, Ontario.
1975 – He was leader of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP).
1959 – Ed, the middle of three children, studied philosophy at University of Trinity College, graduating.
1961-1967 – He married Yvonne Yamaoka, a Japanese Canadian town planner whom he divorced.
1968 – He was a university professor when he ran and won election to the Canadian House of Commons from Oshawa-Whitby in the general election, defeating former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Michael Starr by fifteen votes.
1971 – He ran for the leadership of the party but lost to David Lewis at the NDP leadership convention.
1975 – He won the contest to succeed Lewis, and led the party through four elections.
1988 – He was not successful in translating this into an election victory in the federal election since the Liberals reaped most of the benefits from opposing free trade.
1989 – When Broadbent stepped down after 15 years as federal leader of the NDP, he was succeeded by Audrey McLaughlin.
– Broadbent was director of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development.
1993 – He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
2001 – He was promoted to Companion.
2005 – On the 4th of May, he announced that he would not seek re-election in the 39th Canadian federal election in order to spend time with his wife, Lucille, who was suffering from cancer.