A timeline of Ed Koch's life

About 200 letters, books and other ephemera from the late mayor's home in Manhattan's Greenwich Village are going on the auction block, many grouped in different collections. (Nov. 25, 2013)

DEC. 12, 1924 - Born in Crotona Park East in the Bronx

1931 - Family moved to Newark, N.J.

1941 - Graduated from South Side High School in Newark


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1941 - Family moved to Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn

1943 Drafted into the U.S. Army and fought in the infantry in France

1946 - Koch, a sergeant, was honorably discharged

1948 - Graduated from New York University School of Law

1949 - Admitted to the New York bar

1956 - Moved to Greenwich Village and joined the Village Independent Democrats, a club opposed to Carmine De Sapio and the Manhattan Democratic organization known as Tammany Hall

1963 - Defeated Carmine De Sapio in Greenwich Village district leader primary

1963 - Became founding partner of Koch, Lankenau, Schwartz & Kovner

1965 - In a rematch, defeated Carmine De Sapio in Greenwich Village district leader primary

1966 - Elected to City Council

JAN. 3 1969 - Sworn in as Democratic Representative of Manhattan's 17th Congressional District

1973 - Became a representative of 18th congressional district after redistricting

1978 - Elected mayor after running on law and order platform

1981 - In an interview with Playboy magazine, he ridiculed the suburbs. "Have you ever lived in the suburbs? It's sterile." The comment helped to torpedo his run for governor

JUNE 15, 1981 - Landed on the cover of Time magazine

1982 - Began his second term with a balanced the city budget

1982 - Defeated by Mario M. Cuomo in a primary for governor

1984 - Published his first memoir, "Mayor," which went on to become an Off-Broadway musical

1985 - Supported the Health Department's decision to shut down gay bathhouses

1986 - Began his third term

1987 - Koch suffered a minor stroke as his administration was rocked by corruption scandals

1988 - On April Fools' Day, he said Jews would be "crazy" to vote for Jesse Jackson

1989 - Koch was defeated in Democratic primary by David Dinkins

1997 - Began a two-year run as judge on the TV show "The People's Court"

1999 - Published "Giuliani: Nasty Man," a compilation of Daily News columns.

1999 - Arrested along with others in protests over police shooting of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed immigrant from Guinea

1999-2000 - Wrote a weekly column for New York Newsday. "If you agree with me on eight columns out of 12, I'll be more than satisfied. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12, see a psychiatrist," Koch told readers in his introductory column.

2008 - Announced he'll be buried at Trinity Church Cemetery. "I don't want to leave Manhattan, even when I'm gone," Koch told The Associated Press. "This is my home. The thought of having to go to New Jersey was so distressing to me."

2008 - Endorsed Barack Obama for president, saying he opposed Sarah Palin as vice president. "She's scary," he said.

2009 - Began his online movie review show, "Mayor at the Movies."

June 2009 - Underwent quadruple bypass surgery and replacement of his aortic valve

2010 - Lead a coalition, New York Uprising, against what he said was a "dysfunctional" New York State Legislature

Feb. 1, 2013 - A film, "Koch," about his life and career, opened in theaters

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