June 15, 1932: Born in Queens, the son of South Jamaica grocery store owner Andrea and Immaculata Giordano Cuomo, both Italian immigrants.
1953: Graduates summa cum laude from St. John’s University.
1954: Married Matilda N. Raffa. They have five children.
1956: Graduates from St. John’s University School of Law.
1975: Appointed Secretary of State by Democratic Gov. Hugh Carey.
1977: Runs for New York mayor, but lost the Democratic primary to Ed Koch.
1978: Elected lieutenant governor with Carey.
1982: Elected governor, defeating Koch in the Democratic primary and Republican Louis Lehrman in the general election.
1984: Emerges as a national political figure with his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in San Fransisco, where he offered a defense of liberalism and rebuttal of President Ronald Reagan’s policies.
1986: Re-elected governor with 65 percent of the vote.
1990: Re-elected to a third term.
December 1991: With two chartered planes ready to take him to New Hampshire to register for the presidential primary, decides to stay in Albany and not run for president.
1994: Loses governorship to Republican state legislator George Pataki.
2012: As a private attorney, mediates a $303 million lawsuit that accused the New York Mets ownership of profiting from Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
Jan. 1, 2015: Dies in Manhattan.