1935 – Born on February 15th in Grand Rapids, Michigan. American astronaut selected by NASA to fly on the first Apollo manned mission.
1948 – Chaffee branched out his interests once again by becoming a member of a local Boy Scout troop.
1953 – Roger Chaffee graduated in the top fifth of his class from Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
– NROTC offered Chaffee a Naval scholarship and in September, he began the fall semester at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
1954 – Chaffee was scheduled to report for duty onboard the battleship.
1957 – Chaffee received a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University and immediately joined the Navy.
– Married to Martha Horn.
1958 – He reported for aircraft carrier training duty on November 18th.
1963 – Chaffee was selected by NASA as a member of its third group of astronauts.
– He was assigned with Grissom and White to fly the first Apollo capsule on an 11-day mission in Earth orbit.
1962 – Accepted the invitation and moved his family to Dayton, Ohio in order to study at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB.
1967 – Died along with crewmates Gus Grissom and Edward White during a launch pad test at the Kennedy Space Center on January 27th.