1987 - Walesa's book "A Way of Hope" is released.
November 1989 - Addresses a joint session of the United States Congress.
December 1990 - Is elected president of the Republic of Poland.
1991 - Walesa's autobiography "The Struggle and The Triumph" is published.
November 1995 - Is defeated in the presidential election.
2000 - Loses race for the Polish presidency, receiving only 1.1% of the vote.
August 2006 - Announces he has quit Solidarity as he opposes the union's support of Poland's current leadership.
February 2008 - Is implanted with a pacemaker at a hospital in Houston, Texas.
2009 - Sues President Lech Kaczynski for libel, because of Kaczynski's comments that Walesa was a spy in the 1970s. Kaczynski is killed in a plane crash in April 2010.
July 2012 - At Walesa's invitation, U.S. Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney travels to Poland. Walesa wishes Romney success in the election.
March 2013 - Tells a television reporter that as a minority, gay people have no right to prominent positions in politics, and should sit toward the rear of parliament or even "behind a wall." He later refuses to apologize.