Arrested for purse snatching as a 12-year-old in Brooklyn and sent to Tryon School for Boys.
A boxing instructor at a New York State correction facility for boys brings Tyson to the attention of Cus D'Amato, who had guided Floyd Patterson to the heavyweight title.
Expelled from Catskill High School for a series of transgressions.
D'Amato becomes Tyson's legal guardian.
March 6, 1985
In his professional debut, Tyson defeats Hector Mercedes in one round.
Nov. 4, 1985
D'Amato dies of pneumonia.
Feb. 20, 1986
Tyson sexually propositions a sales clerk in an Albany, N.Y., shopping mall and becomes violent and abusive when she rebuffs him. Later the same night, he is ejected from a movie theater following a similar incident.
Nov. 22, 1986
Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick in the second round, winning the WBC heavyweight title to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history at age 20.
March 3, 1987
Tyson defeats James "Bonecrusher" Smith at Las Vegas to win the WBA heavyweight title.
May 30, 1987
Tyson knocks out Pinklon Thomas in the sixth round at Las Vegas to retain his WBA-WBC heavyweight titles.
June 21, 1987
A parking lot attendant alleges Tyson tried to kiss a female employee and struck the male attendant. He is charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and assault with a deadly weapon, and pays $105,000 to settle the case out of court.
Aug. 1, 1987
Tyson decisions Tony Tucker to retain the WBA-WBC heavyweight titles and win the IBF heavyweight title.
Oct. 16, 1987
Tyson knocks out Tyrell Biggs in the seventh round in Atlantic City to retain the world heavyweight title.
Jan. 22, 1988
Tyson knocks out Larry Holmes in the fourth round to retain the world heavyweight title.
Feb. 9, 1988
Actress Robin Givens and Tyson marry in a civil ceremony at New York.
March 20, 1988
Tyson knocks out Tony Tubbs to retain the world heavyweight title.
March 25, 1988
Jim Jacobs, Tyson's co-manager, is buried in Los Angeles. Givens and her mother, Ruth Roper, demand access to Tyson's money for a down payment on the $4.5 million home in Bernardsville, N.J.
Tyson dents his $183,000 Bentley convertible in a fender-bender in New York City and gives the slightly damaged car to two policemen, who later are suspended when their superiors found out.
June 17, 1988
Givens and her family go public with tales of beatings by Tyson.
June 27, 1988
Tyson sues manager Bill Cayton to break their contract, then knocks out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds to retain the world heavyweight title.
July 11, 1988
Tyson hires Donald Trump as an adviser.
July 27, 1988
Tyson settles the Cayton suit out of court, reducing Cayton's managerial share from one-third to 20 percent of purses.
Aug. 23, 1988
Tyson breaks a bone in his right hand in a 4 a.m. street brawl with professional fighter Mitch Green in Harlem.
Sept. 4, 1988
Tyson is knocked unconscious after driving his BMW into a tree. Three days later, the New York Daily News reports the accident was a "suicide attempt" caused by a "chemical imbalance" that made him violent and irrational.
Sept. 12, 1988
Tyson sends tennis player Lori McNeil, an alleged victim of his violence, 1,000 roses to wish her luck in the U.S. Open.
Sept. 21, 1988
Tyson threatens a TV reporter outside his Bernardsville, N.J. home and throws a Walkman at the camera crew.
Sept. 30, 1988
Givens says in a nationally televised interview that Tyson is a manic-depressive and that she is afraid of him. Tyson sits meekly next to her.
Oct. 2, 1988
Police go to Tyson's Bernardsville, N.J., home after he hurls furniture out the window and forces Givens and her mother to flee the house.
Oct. 7, 1988
Givens files for divorce.
Oct. 14, 1988
Tyson countersues Givens for divorce and annulment.
Oct. 26, 1988
Trump bills Tyson $2 million for services rendered in his role as adviser. Tyson signs partners with promoter Don King.
Nov. 16, 1988
Givens sues Tyson for $125 million, charging libel because of a New York Post story in which Tyson calls her and her mother, "the slime of the slime."
Nov. 23, 1988
Tyson again sues Cayton.
Nov. 30, 1988
Tyson is sued for $92,000 by a Manhattan furrier for a Russian sable coat the furrier claims Tyson and Givens bought as a birthday gift for Givens' mother.
Dec. 12, 1988
Sandra Miller of New York sues Tyson for allegedly grabbing her, propositioning her and insulting her at a nightclub. A jury later finds Tyson guilty of battery, fining him only $100.
Dec. 15, 1988
Lori Davis of New York sues Tyson for allegedly grabbing her buttocks while she was dancing at the same nightclub on the same night as the incident with Miller.
Jan. 11, 1989
During a deposition in his lawsuit to oust Cayton as his manager, Tyson makes blatant sexual hand gestures and a sexually explicit statement to a female attorney.
Feb. 14, 1989
Tyson and Givens are divorced in the Dominican Republic.
Feb. 25, 1989
Tyson knocks out Frank Bruno to retain the world heavyweight title.
March 27, 1989
Givens withdraws her $125 million libel suit against Tyson.
April 9, 1989
Tyson is accused of striking a parking attendant three times with an open hand outside a Los Angeles nightclub after the attendant asked Tyson to move his Mercedes-Benz out of a spot reserved for the club's owner. The charges are later dropped due to lack of witness cooperation.
April 26, 1989
Tyson gets a speeding ticket in downtown Albany, N.Y., for driving his 1989 Lamborghini 71 mph in a 30 mph zone while drag racing with a friend.
May 5, 1989
Tyson gets another speeding ticket in downtown Albany, N.Y., for driving his Lamborghini at an unspecified speed above the 30 mph limit, again while drag racing.
Tyson and Givens' divorce is finalized, and Tyson is fined $300 and sentenced to community service for speeding violations.
July 21, 1989
Tyson knocks out Carl "The Truth" Williams to retain the world heavyweight title.
Feb. 11, 1990
In a stunning upset, Tyson is knocked out by James "Buster" Douglas in the 10th round and loses his world heavyweight title.
Aug. 17, 1990
Phyllis Polaner, former aid to Givens, sues Tyson for sexual assault and harassment.
Nov. 1, 1990
A New York City civil jury finds Tyson committed battery in the Sandra Miller case, but Miller is awarded just $100 in damages because the jury decides Tyson's behavior was "not outrageous."
March 28, 1991
Tyson admits paternity of an 8-month-old girl born to Kimberly Scarborough of New York.
June 28, 1991
Tyson outpoints Razor Ruddock in 12 rounds.
July 18, 1991
Tyson meets Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant, at a pageant rehearsal. They go to the boxer's hotel room in the early morning hours.
July 22, 1991
Washington files a complaint with police alleging Tyson raped her.
Sept. 9, 1991
A special grand jury indicts Tyson on rape and three other charges. Two days later, he is booked in Indianapolis and released on $30,000 cash bond.
Oct. 2, 1991
Natalie Fears files a $12 million palimony and paternity lawsuit in Los Angeles.
Oct. 18, 1991
A Nov. 8 fight between Tyson and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is postponed because of a rib injury Tyson sustained while training.
Jan. 7, 1992
A court-ordered blood test shows that Tyson is not the father of Natalie Fears son.
Jan. 21, 1992
Judge denies motion to delay rape trial.
Tyson is found guilty on one count of rape and two counts of deviate sexual conduct and sentenced to 10 years in prison, four suspended. Superior Court Judge Patricia Gifford orders him to serve the term immediately.
May 8, 1992
Tyson is found guilty of threatening a guard and disorderly conduct in prison, adding 15 days to his sentence.
June 22, 1992
Washington files a civil suit seeking unspecified damages against Tyson.
Oct. 28, 1992
Tyson's father, Jimmy Kirkpatrick, dies in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tyson does not ask for a leave to attend the funeral.
Nov. 17, 1992
Washington's attorney, Deval Patrick, says she is undergoing treatment for a sexually transmitted disease she contracted from Tyson in Indianapolis. He won't identify the disease.
July 13, 1993
Noemi T. McKenzie, of Woburn, Mass., files a civil lawsuit in Marion Superior Court alleging Tyson committed battery against her on July 18, 1991, during a rehearsal for the Miss Black America beauty pageant.
Tyson fails his high school equivalency test. Had he passed the two-day test, three months would have been deducted from his sentence.
Feb. 13, 1995
Tyson's release date is moved up from May 9 to March 25, his original release date, by the Indiana Department of Correction.
March 13, 1995
WBO heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe pays a 45-minute visit to the Indiana Youth Center to discuss a possible $120 million fight with Tyson after his release and says the boxer is "in excellent shape."
March 25, 1995
Tyson is released from the Indiana Youth Center near Plainfield, Ind.
August 19, 1995
Tyson begins comeback with 89-second victory over Peter McNeeley in Las Vegas.
Dec. 16, 1995
Tyson knocks out Buster Mathis, Jr. in third round in Philadelphia.
March 16, 1996
Tyson knocks out Frank Bruno in third round to win the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas.
April 9, 1996
Mike Tyson was accused by a 25-year-old beautician from Gary, Ind. of sexual battery in a nightclub on Chicago's South Side on April 7.
April 26, 1996
Chicago police say the accusations of sexual battery by the beautician were baseless.
Sept. 7, 1996
Tyson knocks out Bruce Selden in the first round to win the WBA heavyweight title.
Nov. 9, 1996
Evander Holyfield stops Tyson in the 11th round for the WBA title.
Tyson marries Monica Turner in a civil ceremony at New York.
June 28, 1997
Tyson is disqualified after the third round for biting Holyfield's ears. Tyson claims he was retaliating for a head butt inflicted by Holyfield that opened up a gash above his right eye. Referee Mills Lane says the butt was accidental.
July 9, 1997
The Nevada State Athletic Commission, in a 5-0 voice vote, revokes Mike Tyson's boxing license and fines him $3 million for biting Holyfield in their June 28 WBA championship bout. Tyson, who also is ordered to pay legal costs, can apply for reinstatement of his license in one year.
Oct. 16, 1997
Tyson is ordered to pay boxer Mitch Green $45,000 even though a jury ruled the former heavyweight champion was provoked into a Harlem street fight in 1988.
Oct. 29, 1997
Tyson breaks a rib and punctures lung on his right side when his motorcycle skids off a Connecticut highway after hitting a patch of sand.
March 5, 1998
Tyson files a $100 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York against Don King, accusing the promoter of cheating him out of tens of millions of dollars.
March 9, 1998
Tyson files a lawsuit against former managers Rory Holloway and John Horne, claiming they betrayed him by arranging a deal that made King the former heavyweight champion's exclusive promoter.
March 9, 1998
Sherry Cole and Chevelle Butts file a $22 million lawsuit against Tyson claiming he verbally and physically abused them March 1 at a Washington bistro them at a restaurant after his sexual advances toward one of them were spurned.
July 16, 1998
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstates a $4.4 million award that a jury decided boxer Tyson owes former trainer Kevin Rooney for unjustly firing him.
July 29, 1998
Tyson appears before the New Jersey Athletic Control Board to get a boxing license to resume his career. Tyson chokes back tears as he apologizes for biting Evander Holyfield's ears. At the end of his 35-minute appearance, however, Tyson curses in front of regulators after being continually questioned about biting Holyfield.
Aug. 13, 1998
On the eve of a meeting of the New Jersey Athletic Control Board, Tyson's advisers abruptly withdraw his application for a boxing license.
Aug. 31, 1998
Tyson is involved in a minor auto accident in Gaithersburg, Md., and has to be restrained by bodyguards from fighting the driver of the other car.
Sept. 2, 1998
Richard Hardick files an assault charge against Tyson. Hardick says he was kicked in the groin by Tyson after his car rear-ended a Mercedes driven by Tyson's wife, Monica, on Aug. 31.
Sept. 3, 1998
Abmielec Saucedo files a criminal assault against Tyson claiming Tyson punched him in the face as Saucedo talked with another driver following the accident of Aug. 31.
Oct. 13, 1998
The psychiatric report of Tyson is released. According to doctors who examined him for five days, the report states Tyson is depressed and lacks self-esteem, but he is mentally fit to return to boxing. The psychiatrists believe Tyson most likely won't "snap" again as he did when he bit Holyfield.
Oct. 19, 1998
The Nevada Athletic Commission votes 4-1 to restore Tyson's boxing license, with the lone holdout commissioner James Nave.
Dec. 1, 1998
Tyson pleads no contest to misdemeanor assault for kicking and punching two motorists involved in the Aug. 31 auto accident in Maryland.
Jan. 16, 1999
Tyson knocks out Francois Botha with 1 second left in the fifth round in his first fight in 19 months. It is only Tyson's seventh fight in eight years. At the end of four rounds all three judges have Botha ahead.
Feb. 5, 1999
Tyson is sentenced to two concurrent two-year sentences for assaulting two motorists after a traffic accident last summer. Judge Stephen Johnson suspended all but one year of jail time. Tyson is also fined $5,000 and sentenced to two years' probation after his release from jail. The decision could lead to more jail time for violating parole in Indiana.
March 5, 1999
Tyson must serve an extra 60 days in Maryland jail for violating terms of his Indiana probation for a 1992 rape conviction. The 60-day sentence will be served at the end of the one-year sentence he is serving in Montgomery County, Md., for a misdemeanor assault. His Maryland sentence could be reduced for good behavior. Tyson will pay the state of Indiana $80 per day for the cost of his incarceration on the probation violation, and Indiana will reimburse Maryland authorities.
May 24, 1999
Tyson is released from a Maryland jail after serving 3 1/2 months for assaulting two motorists.
Oct. 23, 1999
Tyson knocks down Orlin Norris with a punch after bell ending first round. Norris hurts knee in falling and cannot continue. Fight is ruled a no-contest. No disciplinary action is taken.
Jan. 29, 2000
Tyson stops Julius Francis in second round at Manchester, England. His appearance is protested by women's groups and politicians, who believed he should not have been allowed in Britain because of his conviction for rape.
June. 24, 2000
Tyson stops Lou Savarese in 38 seconds, then elbows referee to floor and tries to punch Savarese at Glasgow, Scotland.
Aug. 23, 2000
Tyson is fined $187,500 by the British Boxing Board of Control for misconduct.
Oct. 20, 2000
Andrew Golota quits after the second round against Tyson at Auburn Hills, Mich. Fight later is ruled a no-contest.
Aug. 17, 2001
Prosecutors announce they will no file rape charges against Tyson stemming from an allegation by a 50-year-old woman that she was raped on July 16 at Big Bear, Calif.
Jan. 16, 2001
Michigan suspends Tyson for three months and fines him $5,000 for refusing to submit to a urine test before the Golota fight.
Oct. 13, 2001
Tyson stops Brian Nielsen after six rounds at Copenhagen, Denmark.
Jan. 1, 2002
Witness say Tyson threw glass Christmas ornaments at journalists trying to interview him in Havana, Cuba.
Jan. 18, 2002
Tyson's wife Monica sues for divorce at Rockville, Md. Tyson countersues at Las Vegas.
Jan. 22, 2002
Las Vegas police turn over to the Clark County district attorney the results of a four-month investigation of a women's allegation that Tyson raped her and claim there is probably cause a crime occurred.
Jan. 22, 2002
Tyson throws a punch at a Lennox Lewis bodyguard and Lewis throws a punch at Tyson setting of melee at a news conference to formally announce Tyson's scheduled challenge to Lewis on April 6 at Las Vegas.
Jan. 29, 2002
Tyson was denied a boxing license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission because of his melee with Lewis.
March 5, 2002
Tyson is granted a license to fight in Tennessee.
March 25, 2002
Tyson and Lewis finally secure a venue for their long-awaited bout. The 20,000-seat Pyramid arena in Memphis, Tenn. will host the heavyweight title fight on June 8.
April 24, 2002
Boxer Mitchell Rose files a $66 million lawsuit against Tyson, claiming the former heavyweight champ permanently damaged his spine by knocking him to the ground with a punch outside a New York nightclub in 2001.
May 8, 2002
Tyson's PR agency, Dan Klores Communications, parts ways with the boxer after he gives a series of interviews in Hawaii that are filled with profanity-laced tirades.
June 8, 2002
Tyson's boxing future is once again up in the air after he is knocked out by Lewis in the eighth round of their heavyweight title bout in Memphis, Tenn. The thorough beating leaves the former champ's career record at 49-4-2.