Bitar, Salah al-Din al-
1912 - Salah al-Din al-Bitar was born in Damascus, Syria.
1929 - Al-Bitar traveled to France to study in the Sorbonne.
1934 - He returned to Syria and became professor of physics and mathematics at the Tajhiz al-Ula.
1939 - Aflaq and al-Bitar began to attract a small following of students.
1941 - They issued leaflets agitating against French rule, using the title al-ihyaa' al-'arabi.
1942 - Al-Bitar and Aflaq resigned from their teaching position.
1943 - He co-founded Ba'ath Party.
1945 - He formed the first elected Bureau of the Arab Ba'th Movement.
1947 - He was elected secretary general in the party congress in Damascus.
1952 - Al-Bitar took refuge in neighboring Lebanon, along with Aflaq.
1956-1958 - He became Minister for Foreign Affairs.
1963 - He offered to him the position of prime minister at the head of a coalition.
1966 - Al-Bitar was captured and detained, along with other members of the party's historic leadership.
1969 - The court condemned him to death in absentia.
1970 - He was pardoned by Hafiz al-Asad.
1980 - He died on the 21st of July, Salah al-Din al-Bitar was shot dead in Paris.
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