Time­line of John Hume’s life

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■ Jan­uary 18, 1937: John Hume is born in Derry. He is ed­u­cated at St Columb’s Col­lege and St Pa­trick’s Col­lege, Maynooth, be­fore go­ing on to be­come a teacher.

■ 1968: Hume emerges as one of the lead­ing mem­bers of the civil rights move­ment as the Derry Cit­i­zens’ Ac­tion Com­mit­tee stage a num­ber of marches, ad­vo­cat­ing strictly peace­ful demon­stra­tions.

■ 1969: Hume’s po­lit­i­cal ca­reer be­gins when he is elected at the age of 32 as an in­de­pen­dent na­tion­al­ist MP at Stor­mont.

■ Au­gust 1970: Hume be­comes a found­ing mem­ber of the So­cial Demo­cratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

■ 1979: Hume be­comes leader of the SDLP.

■ 1980s: Hume be­comes di­rectly in­volved in se­cret talks be­tween the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment and Sinn Féin. ■ June 10, 1983: Hume is elected to West­min­ster for the new Foyle con­stituency. ■ Novem­ber 15, 1985: The An­glo-Ir­ish Agree­ment is signed.

■ 1988: Hume be­gins a se­ries of con­tacts with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, which was to prove cru­cial in de­vel­op­ing the peace process.

■ 1997: The IRA an­nounced the re­newal of its 1994 cease­fire. Multi-party talks be­gin at which Hume and the SDLP play a sig­nif­i­cant role as the then sec­ond big­gest party be­hind the UUP.

■ 1998: Par­ties sign the Good Fri­day Agree­ment and a pow­er­shar­ing gov­ern­ment is formed at Stor­mont. Hume wins the No­bel Peace Prize jointly with UUP leader David Trim­ble.

■ 2004: Hume re­tires from pol­i­tics due to ill health.

■ 2010: Hume is voted as ‘Ire­land’s Great­est’ in a pub­lic poll by RTÉ.

■ 2012: Pope Bene­dict XVI names him a Knight Com­man­der of the Pa­pal Or­der of St Gre­gory the Great.

■ 2018: Hume is too ill to at­tend a cer­e­mony at Queen’s Uni­ver­sity in Belfast to mark the 20th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the Good Fri­day Agree­ment.

■ 2020: He dies aged 83.

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