1552 – Born in Mileham, Norfolk on the 1st of February.
1589 – He became a Member of Parliament.
1592 – Speaker of the House of Commons.
1593 – He was appointed England’s Attorney General, a post for which he was in competition with his rival Sir Francis Bacon.
1606 – He was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas.
1606 – Coke apparently helped write the charter of the Virginia Company, a private venture granted a royal charter to found settlements in North America.
1613 – He was elevated to Chief Justice of the King’s Bench.
1616 – Bacon encouraged the King to remove Coke as Chief Justice, for refusing to hold a case in abeyance until the King could give his own opinion in it.
1620 – Coke became an MP again, and proved so troublesome to the crown that he was imprisoned, along with other Parliamentary leaders, for six months.
1628 – He was one of the drafters of the Petition of Right.
– Under Coke’s leadership, the House of Commons forced Charles I of England to accept Coke’s Petition of Right by withholding the revenues the king wanted until he capitulated.
1634 – Died on the 3rd of September.