British diplomat and politician.
1938 - Born on the 2nd of July in the town of Plympton, beside Plymouth in Devon, England.
1960 - Owen joined the Vauxhall branch of the Labour Party and the Fabian Society.
1966 - Returned to his home town and was elected Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for the Plymouth Sutton constituency.
1974 - Became Labour MP for the adjacent Plymouth Devonport constituency, winning it from the Tory incumbent Dame Joan Vickers.
1968-1970 - Served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Navy in Harold Wilson's first government.
- Married Deborah Owen (née Schabert), an American literary agent. They have two sons and one daughter.
1972 - Protest at the Labour Leader Harold Wilson's attitude to the EEC; he left the Labour Shadow cabinet.
1977-1979 - British foreign secretary.
1981 - Resigned from the Labour Party when it rejected "one member, one vote".
1983-1987 - He led the SDP Social Democratic Party.
1988-1990 - Owen re-formed SDP Social Democratic Party.
EC envoy to Yugoslavia, co-developer and co-eponym of Vance-Owen plan.
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