1954 – Born on March 29th in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
1975 – Karen Ann Quinlan had a cardiopulmonary arrest, fell into a coma in April, allegedly after mixing drugs and alcohol at a party.
1976 – After she had been on a respirator and a feeding tube for about a year, her family asked hospital authorities to remove her from life support; the hospital refused. Her case was one of the first to call attention to the "right to die" debate nationally.
– The Quinlans were finally granted permission from the New Jersey Supreme Court to remove Karen from life support.
1985 – She lived on in a coma for another 9 years until she died of pneumonia on June 11th.