Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Bryant S. Hinckley and Ada Bitner.
Baptized by his father.
Graduated from the University of Utah, having studied English and journalism.
Served a mission to the British Isles.
Hired as executive secretary of the Church's recently formed Radio, Publicity, and Mission Literature committee.
Married Marjorie Pay in the Salt Lake Temple.
Called to Deseret Sunday School Union general board.
Rejected by the Navy because of his allergies, Hinckley contributed to the WWII effort by working in the railroad industry.
Called as counselor in the East Millcreek Stake presidency.
Assisted in introducing uniform missionary lessons while working on the General Missionary Committee.
Supervised the making of the first temple film, dubbed into multiple languages for use in the Bern Switzerland temple.
Called as president of the East Millcreek Stake.
Sustained as an Assistant to the Twelve.
With Marjorie, made the first of many trips to Asia as an apostle.
Met with Hirohito, Emperor of Japan, in San Francisco.
Ordained an Apostle by President David O. McKay.
Participated in the meeting where the Twelve received a confirmation of President Kimball's revelation on priesthood.
From the site of the Church's founding in Fayette , New York, read a statement commermorating the Church's 150th anniversary for satellite broadcast.
Called as an additional Counselor to President Spencer W. Kimball to assist the President and his two counselors.
Called as Second Counselor in the First Presidency.
Called as First Counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson.
Called as First Counselor to President Howard W. Hunter.
Ordained and Set Apart as President of the Church.
Issued “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” during the general Relief Society meeting.
Appeared on the CBS program 60 Minutes with Mike Wallace.
Visited Saints in Mexico, the Philippines, Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
Dedicated the Hong Kong China Temple, the first of more than 70 temples to be dedicated during his presidency.
Visited Saints in Central America, South America, Australia, and the Pacific.
Announced the establishment of LDS Charities to enhance the Church's worldwide humanitarian outreach.
Organized three additional Quorums of the Seventy.
Announced a plan for smaller temples to be built where appropriate.
Visited Saints in Africa, Canada, and around the world.
Shared “The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles.”
Presided at first General Conference held in the new Conference Center.
Dedicated the Palmyra New York Temple.
Announced the creation of the Perpetual Education Fund.
Welcomed visitors from around the world to Salt Lake City during the Winter Olympics.
Dedicated the Nauvoo Illinois Temple.
Visited Saints in Russia and Ukraine.
Addressed local leaders through the first worldwide leadership training broadcast.
Spoke to one million Primary children via satellite broadcast to celebrate the Primary’s 125th anniversary.
Death of Marjorie Pay Hinckley
Celebrated his 95th birthday with a special program in the Conference Center.
Was hospitalized for the first time in his life.
Dedicated the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center at BYU–Provo.
Announced that Church membership had surpassed 13 million and that the one-millionth missionary had served since the Church was organized.
Died in Salt Lake City, Utah.