Timeline of John Hume’s life
■ 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.