WASHINGTON -- Here is a chronology of the life of would-be assassin John W. Hinckley Jr. -- acquitted Monday by reason of insanity - based on testimony and evidence presented at his trial.
May 29, 1955 -- On President John F. Kennedy's birthday, Hinckley is born in Ardmore, Okla., the youngest child of John and JoAnn Hinckley.
1962 -- Hinckley begins to feel 'different' from his playmates, he tells psychiatrists.
Nov. 22, 1963 -- President Kennedy is shot to death in Dallas, Hinckley's hometown. Hinckley sent home from school and is angry he isn't the first one to tell his mother.
1965 -- Hinckley's family, living in Dallas, moves across town, forcing Hinckley to switch schools. Hinckley, who was a star of his YMCA basketball and football teams, loses interest in sports and drifts apart from his friends.
1967-73 -- Spends much of his junior high school and high school years alone in his bedroom, strumming his guitar and playing with his cat.
1973 -- Hinckley, with few friends, graduates from Highland Park High School in Dallas and enters Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, majoring in business as his father urged. His parents move from Dallas to Evergreen, Colo.
1976 -- Hinckley quits school and heads for Hollywood, writing his parents from California he wants to make it as a songwriter and that he has a new girlfriend, Lynn Collins, later determined to be fictitious. Sees the movie 'Taxi Driver' for the first of what Hinckley determines to be as many as 15 times.
1977 -- While living in a Lakewood, Colo., apartment not far from his parents' home, Hinckley takes a job as a busboy at a supper club.
April 1977 -- Hinckley returns to Lubbock and re-enrolls at Texas Tech as an English major. Writes a number of depressing short stories.
Fall 1978 -- While in Lubbock, Hinckley invents a right-wing group, which he calls 'The American Front,' drawing up fictitious membership lists and writing papers on the group's goals. Later tells a psychiatrist he wanted to 'bring the country to its senses.'
August 1979 -- After buying a .38-caliber gun in Lubbock, where he has been living several months, Hinckley returns to his family's home. Later recalls for psychiatrists he was extremely depressed.
Fall 1979 -- Returns to Lubbock and later tells psychiatrist that in December he played Russian roulette with a single bullet in his gun. Stays there for Christmas -- the first time he has been apart from his family on the holidays.
Nov. 5, 1979 -- In a letter to his parents that he never mails, says, 'I fear that there is something wrong with me mentally as well as physically, I'm so depressed.'
Spring, 1980 -- Photographs himself holding a gun to his head. Forms a mail-order company, which he calls Listalot, advertising in national magazines that he would provide lists to would-be customers. One list is a 'Unique Mail-order Success Report.'
June 18, 1980 -- Hinckley buys a box of exploding 'Devastator' bullets for $1.75 at Empire Pawn Shop in Lubbock.
Summer 1980 -- Sees a series of doctors in Lubbock and Evergreen, complaining of physical ailments. Doctors find nothing physically wrong with him.
September 1980 -- Hinckley's parents, distraught over their son's failure to complete school or find a job, seek professional help for him, but agrees to give him $3,600 to use to enroll in a writing course at Yale University.
Hinckley buys two revolvers at Snidely Whiplash Pawn Shop in Lubbock.
He travels to New York City and spends two days at a motel in New Haven, Conn., where actress Jodie Foster is a freshman at Yale University. He calls Miss Foster twice and talks with her for several minutes, taping the calls, but she asks him not to call again.
Sept. 27-28, 1980 -- Checks into the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington.
Sept. 30, 1980 -- Travels from Columbus to Dayton, Ohio, where President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to make a campaign appearance two days later.
Oct. 2, 1980 -- Hinckley is photographed in a crowd of spectators six feet from Carter as the president greets the crowd in Dayton. He tells psychiatrists he left his guns at his motel room that day.
Oct. 2-5, 1980 -- Registered at a motel in New Haven.
Oct. 6, 1980 -- Travels from New York City to Lincoln, Neb., where he hoped to see a member of the American Nazi Party.
Oct. 7, 1980 -- Flies from Lincoln to Nashville, Tenn., where President Jimmy Carter is to make a campaign appearance.
Oct. 9, 1980 -- Arrested at the airport in Nashville with three guns on the day Carter in town, pays a $62.50 fine and flies to New Haven.
Oct. 10 -- Hinckley checks into a New Haven motel for one night.
Oct. 11 -- Hinckley flies from New York City to Dallas to visit his older sister, Diane Hinckley Sims, and her family. Spends much time playing with his 4-year-old nephew, Chris, with whom he was especially close.
Oct. 15 -- He returns to New Haven and checks into a motel.
Oct. 17-19 -- He travels to Washington and stays at a downtown motel.
Oct. 19 -- Hinckley returns to his family home in Colorado for a month where he begins seeing Dr. John Hopper, an Evergreen psychiatrist after his mother came home and found him groggy from an overdose of drugs.
Nov. 30-Dec. 12 -- Returns to Washington. Later tells psychiatrists he staked out Blair House armed with a gun and watched President-elect Reagan and members future Cabinet entering the building, but decided not to shoot.
Dec. 8 -- Hinckley's idol, Beatle John Lennon, is murdered, and he travels to New York City several days later to attend a vigil for him. During this time, he tells psychiatrists, he patronizes young prostitutes, apparently his first sexual relations with women.
Dec. 19 -- Hinckley returns to the Evergreen area where he spends a bleak, depressed Christmas with his family.
Dec. 29 -- Hinckley practices shooting with .38-caliber and .22-caliber pistols and a .25-caliber rifle at the Foothills Shooting Center in Lakewood, Colo.
Jan. 26, 1981 -- Hinckley returns for more target practice at Foothills Shooting Center.
Feb. 9 -- Hinckley travels from Denver to New Haven.
Feb. 10 -- He travels from New Haven to Washington.
Feb. 11 -- He travels to New York City and stays in a hotel.
Feb. 14 -- Hinckley goes to the scene of Lennon's murder in New York City with a gun in his pocket and contemplates suicide.
Feb. 19 -- Hinckley returns to Colorado where he sees Hopper, who had advised his parents to develop a plan for John to be out of their house by March 1 and on his own by March 30.
March 1 -- Hinckley travels from Denver to New Haven where, he told psychiatrists he followed actress Jodie Foster on the Yale campus.
March 6 -- Broke and destitute in New York City, Hinckley calls his parents for help.
March 7 -- Hinckley's parents arrange for him to fly to Denver, his father meets him at the airport, gives him $200 and tells him to make it on his own.
March 8-23 -- Hinckley is registered at the Golden Hours Motel in Lakewood, Colo.
March 23-24 -- He is registered at the Motel 16 in Lakewood using the alias 'J. Travis.'
March 25 -- Hinckley's mother drives him to the airport for the last time and he flies to Los Angeles.
March 26-29 -- Hinckley travels to Washington by bus.
March 29 -- Hinckley registers at the Park Central hotel in Washington -- only four blocks from the White House.
March 30, 1981 -- Hinckley wakes up about 8:30 a.m., takes a shower, buys a newspaper which lists Reagan's schedule for the day. At 12:45 p.m., he writes a letter to Miss Foster, saying he hopes to impress her with a 'historical deed' -- his attempt to 'get Reagan.' He takes cab to the Washington Hilton Hotel and waits for the president.
At 1:45 p.m., Reagan enters the building to make a speech, and waves to a small crowd. Hinckley, among the throng, later tells psychiatrists he believes Reagan is waving at him.
At 2:25 p.m., as Reagan departs, he fires six Devastator bullets, wounding Reagan and three others.
Hours later, FBI agents searching Hinckley's hotel room find the letter, a hijack note, other ammunition, bottles of drugs including the tranquilizer Valium, visitor passes to the public galleries of Congress, several paperback books about famous crimes and a postcard of the president and first lady Nancy Reagan.
On the postcard, Hinckley has scrawled to Miss Foster, 'One day you and I will occupy the White House and the peasants will drool with envy.'