31 October 1930 – Michael Collins is born in Rome to Major General James Lawton Collins and Virginia Stewart.
May 1952 – Graduates from West Point Military Academy.
June 1954 – Transfers to Chaumont-Semoutiers Air Base, eastern France, with the US Air Force.
Summer 1956 – Forced to eject over France due to a fire in his F-86 Sabre jet.
Summer 1957 – Marries Patricia Finnigan. They have three children, Kate, Ann and Michael Jr.
August 1960 – Joins the US Air Force Experimental Flight Test Pilot School.
February 1962 – Decides to become an astronaut after John Glenn’s orbit of the Earth.
October 1963 – Selected for NASA’s third astronaut group on the basis of his record as a test pilot.
18 July 1966 – Launches into space as pilot for Gemini 10 and conducts two spacewalks.
July 1968 – A trapped nerve in Collins’s upper spine requires surgery, removing him from the crew of Apollo 8.
16 July 1969 – Lifts off aboard Apollo 11 as the mission’s command module pilot.
1970 – Retires from NASA and becomes Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.
January 1971 – Becomes director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum.
1974 – Attends Harvard Business School.
1978 – Retires from the Air Force with the rank of major general and becomes under-secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
1980 – Becomes vice-president of LTV Aerospace.
1985 – Starts his own consultancy firm, Michael Collins Associates.