1936 – He was born in the village of Bagbari in the Bogra District of the province of Bengal (now in northwest Bangladesh.)
1953 – He spent his adolescent years in Karachi and enrolled in the D. J. College.
1955 – He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Pakistan Army.
1957 – He was transferred to the East Bengal Regiment after serving for two years in Karachi.
1959 – He worked in the department of military intelligence.
1960 – His marriage was arranged to Khaleda Zia, a young Bengali girl from the Dinajpur District who was 15 years old.
1966 – He was appointed military instructor at the Pakistan Military Academy, later going on to attend the prestigious Command and Staff College in Quetta, where he completed a course in command and tactical warfare.
1975 – He was appointed chief of army staff following the assassination of Sheikh Mujib Rahman.
1977 – He declared himself as the President.
1978 – He won a referendum.
1981 – He was assassinated in an abortive military coup.