1946 – Born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin on the 4th of July.
1964 – Served in US Marine Corps in Vietnam War.
1968 – In combat on the 20th of January, he was shot and suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down.
1972 – Disrupted Richard Nixon’s renomination acceptance speech at Republican National Convention.
1974 – He led a group of disabled Vietnam Veterans in wheelchairs on a 17-day hunger strike inside the Los Angeles office of Senator Alan Cranston.
1976 – Kovic was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention, seconding the nomination of draft resister Fritz Efaw for Vice President of the United States.
2003 – In November, he joined protests in London against the visit of George W. Bush.
2007 – In March, Kovic checked into the Ernst Bors Spinal Chord Injury ward of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach, California, for an undisclosed illness.