1870 – Born in Simbirsk on the 22nd of April.
1891 – Lenin was later permitted to continue his studies, and had been admitted to the Bar.
1893 – Lenin practiced as a lawyer for some years in the poor town of Samara before moving to St Petersburg.
1895 – On the 7th of December, Lenin was arrested, held by authorities for fourteen months and then released and exiled to the village of Shushenskoye in Siberia, where he mingled with such notable Marxists as Georgy Plekhanov.
1899 – He published the book The Development of Capitalism in Russia in April.
1900 – His exile came to an end, and he began his travels throughout Russia and the rest of Europe.
1906 – Lenin was elected to the Presidium of the RSDLP.
1907 – He moved to Finland for security reasons. In response to philosophical debates on the proper course of a socialist revolution.
1909 – Lenin completed Materialism and Empirio-criticism a work which became fundamental in the Marxist-Leninist philosophy.
1912 – Lenin continued to travel in Europe and participated in many socialist meetings and activities, including the Prague Party Conference.
1915 – He attended the anti-war Zimmerwald Conference, convened in Swiss town of that name.
1916 – Lenin wrote the important theoretical work Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, in which he argued that western imperialism was the vehicle of the pursuit of profit by capitalists on a world wide scale.
1917 – On the 8th of November, Lenin was elected as the Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars by the Russian Congress of Soviets.
1918 – On the 3rd of March, Lenin removed Russia from World War I by agreeing to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, under which Russia lost significant territories in Europe.
1919 – In March, Lenin and other Bolshevik leaders met with revolutionary socialists from around the world and formed the Communist International.
1922 – In May, Lenin had his first stroke.
1923 – In March, he suffered his third stroke and was left bedridden for the remainder of his life, no longer able to speak.
1924 – Died on the 21st of January at aged 53. Rumors of Lenin having syphilis sprang up shortly after his death.