OTTAWA - Key dates in the life of Jack Layton:
Born July 18, 1950.
1969: Married Sally Halford. Marriage ends in 1983.
1982: First elected to Toronto City Council.
1985: Elected to Metropolitan Toronto council.
July 9, 1988: Married Olivia Chow.
1988: Returned to Toronto City Council.
1991: Ran for mayor of Toronto, lost to June Rowlands.
1993: Ran for Parliament in Rosedale. Lost.
1994: Elected head of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
1997: Ran for Parliament in Broadview-Greenwood. Lost.
2003: Elected leader of the federal NDP.
June 28, 2004: Elected as MP for Toronto-Danforth.
Jan. 23, 2006: Re-elected.
Sept. 10, 2006: Receives 92-per-cent approval rating from NDP convention in Quebec City.
Oct. 14, 2008: Re-elected.
Feb. 10, 2010: Tells public he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
May 2, 2011: Re-elected. NDP wins a record 103 seats and Official Opposition status.
July 25, 2011: Announces he will take a leave of absence to deal with another type of cancer.
Aug. 22, 2011: Family announces his death earlier that morning in Toronto.