1928 – Born on the 28th of March in Warsaw, Polland.
1953 – After obtaining his B.A. and M.A. degrees from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, he came to the United States.
1958 – He became a naturalized American citizen.
1960 – He was awarded the Ph.D. at Harvard the same year and remained there, first as a research fellow at the Russian Research Center and then as assistant professor of government.
– Brzezinski moved to Columbia where he continued his rapid climb up the academic ladder.
1962 – He was promoted to full professor.
1962-1977 – Directed the Research Institute in Communist Affairs (later the Research Institute on International Change).
1966-1968 – He had gained valuable experience as a member of the Department of State’s Policy Planning Council during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration.
1973 – He became director of the Trilateral Commission and had the foresight to recruit a young and generally unknown governor of Georgia, Jimmy Carter.
1974 – Carter declared his candidacy for president, and Brzezinski quickly approached him with an offer of advice.
1975 – Brzezinski emerged as Carter’s principal adviser on foreign policy issues.
1976 – Brzezinski was openly eager to be appointed assistant to the president for national security affairs and delighted when President-elect Carter offered him the position in December.
1989 – Brzezinski was widely interviewed with respect to the Solidarity movement which arose in Poland, as well as the imminent dissolution of the Soviet Union.