1963: Leaves school and turns professional with Manchester United. Travels from Belfast with Eric McMordie, who went on to play for Middlesbrough, to Old Trafford. The pair return to Northern Ireland because they are homesick but United manager Matt Busby travels after him and persuades Best to come back to Manchester. Makes First Division debut on September 13 against West Brom at Old Trafford.
1964: Makes Northern Ireland debut, seven months after making his first-team debut, against Wales in Swansea.
1965: Helps United win their first league championship in eight years.
1966: Mesmerises Benfica, regarded as one of the finest teams in Europe, by scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes as United become the first team to inflict a European defeat on the Portuguese side in the Stadium of Light. United win 5-1 and Best is hailed as 'El Beatle' by the fans. One supporter runs on the pitch at the end with a knife wanting a lock of Best's hair.
1967: United win league championship.
1968: Manchester United become the first English team to win the European Cup, Best scoring in a 4-1 extra-time triumph over Benfica at Wembley. Picks up the English and European Footballer of the Year awards.
1970: Scores six goals in an FA Cup fifth-round tie at Northampton. Sent off playing for Northern Ireland against Scotland in Belfast for throwing mud at referee.
1971: Withdraws from the Northern Ireland squad after threats on his life. Scores a hat-trick against Cyprus in Belfast.
1972: Announces retirement.
1973: Makes short comeback after making peace with new United boss Tommy Docherty before again retiring after another bust-up.
1974: Plays for Jewish Guild of Johannesburg but his short spell in South Africa is characterised by his heavy drinking and gambling lifestyle. Dunstable Town manager, his former Manchester United team-mate Barry Fry, persuades him to turn out for his club in a friendly.
1975: Plays for Stockport on loan, making three league appearances and scoring two goals, before becoming one of the leading lights of the newly formed North American Soccer League with the Los Angeles Aztecs and joining Cork Celtic.
1976: Joins Fulham, making 42 appearances with eight goals.
1977: Makes the last of 37 international appearances for Northern Ireland against Holland in Belfast.
1978: Joins Fort Lauderdale Strikers in America but a wrangle over his registration between the American club and Fulham leads to FIFA imposing a worldwide ban on him. Marries first wife Angie MacDonald James in Las Vegas.
1979: Plays for brief spell with Hibernian in Scotland.
1980: Signs for San Jose Earthquakes and begins treatment for alcoholism.
1981: Scores what he later described as his favourite goal in a 3-2 win over former club Fort Lauderdale. Son Calum Milan Best is born.
1983: Plays five times for Bournemouth before finally retiring.
1984: Jailed for drink-driving offence.
1988: A testimonial organised by friends attracts 20,000 people in Belfast and raises £75,000 to help stave off bankruptcy.
1990: Causes storm of protest after appearing drunk and swearing on BBC TV's Terry Wogan chat show. Best claimed TV executives ''plied'' him with champagne before the performance.
1995: Marries Alex Pursey.
1996: Announces he would be interested in succeeding Jack Charlton as Republic of Ireland manager but Football Association of Ireland appoints Millwall boss Mick McCarthy.
1998: Joins Sky Sports as football pundit.
2001: December - Reveals he is on standby for a liver transplant.
2002: July 30 - Goes into hospital for transplant.
December 8 - Awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
2003: July 12 - Arrested after an incident at a hotel in Tadworth, Surrey.
August - Announced he was selling his trophies, including his 1968 European Footballer of the Year award, to raise money to buy a Greek home.
2004: February - Banned from driving for 20 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving.
April - Divorced from wife Alex.
2005: July - Cleared over allegations of indecently assaulting a teenage girl.
October 1 - Doctors at the private Cromwell Hospital in west London reveal Best is in intensive care with kidney problems. Condition improves over the next few weeks.
November 18 - Suffers severe setback in his recovery as he contracts a new infection and is put on a life support machine.
November 25 - Dies in hospital, aged 59.
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