1939 – On May 12 of this year, he was born to Louis Daniel Ziegler, a production manager, and Ruby Parsons, a Jewish couple living in Covington, Kentucky.
1958 – He first attended college in Cincinnati, and then he transferred to the University of Southern California.
1961 –He graduated with a degree in government and politics. Then he worked at Disneyland as a skipper on the popular Adventure land attraction, The Jungle Cruise.
1962 – He worked as a press aide on Nixon’s unsuccessful California gubernatorial campaign.
1969 – He was just 29, when he became the youngest White House Press Secretary in history. He was the White House press secretary for the Nixon administration during the political scandal known as Watergate.
1972 – He dismissed the first report of the break-in at the Watergate Hotel as the discussion of a "third rate burglary," but within two years Nixon had resigned under menace of impeachment.
1974 – He remained very close to Nixon even after he resigned this year; he was on the airplane that Nixon took to San Clemente as Gerald Ford was sworn into office.
1988 – He became president and chief executive of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.
1999 – He retired because of health reasons.
2003 – He died of heart attack at the age of 63 in Coronado Shores, California where he moved in after his most recent resignation.