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Gordon B. Hinckley, Served 1995–2008
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Birth: Born June 23, 1910 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah to Bryant S. Hinckley and Ada Bitner.

Marriage: Married Marjorie Pay on Apr. 29, 1937.

Ordained an Apostle: Oct. 5, 1961 at age 51.

Became President: Mar. 12, 1995 at age 84. Served (1995–2008).

Death: Died on Jan 27, 2008, at the age of 97, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah.

Gordon B. Hinckley
 

Historical Summary
1910 June 23   Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Bryant S.Hinckley and Ada Bitner.
1932 June 4 Age 21 Graduated from University of Utah.
1933–1935 Age 23–25 Served mission to the British Isles.
1935 August 22 Age 25 Began employment as executive secretary of the recently formed Radio, Publicity, and Mission Literature Committee of the Church.
1937 April 29 Age 26 Married Marjorie Pay.
1937 Age 27 Called to Deseret Sunday School Union General Board.
1946 Age 36 Called as counselor in the East Millcreek Stake Presidency.
1951 Age 41 Appointed general secretary of the General Missionary Committee and assisted in introducing uniform missionary lessons.
1956 October 28 Age 46 Called as president of the East Millcreek Stake, a third-generation stake president.
1958 April 6 Age 47 Sustained as an Assistant to the Twelve.
1961 October 5 Age 51 Ordained an Apostle by President David O. McKay.
1981 July 23 Age 71 Called as counselor to President Spencer W. Kimball.
1982 December 2 Age 72 Called as second counselor in First Presidency.
1985 November 10 Age 75 Called as first counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson.
1994 June 5 Age 83 Called as first counselor to President Howard W. Hunter.
1995 March 12 Age 84 Became President of the Church.
1995 April 1 Age 84 Announced that position of Regional Representative would be discontinued and replaced by Area Authority Seventy.
1995 September 23 Age 85 "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" issued.
1995 December 20 Age 85 Church released new logo that emphasizes central position of the Savior in Church theology.
1996 January 18 Age 85 Announced that General Authorities would no longer sit on businesses' boards of directors.
1996 April 7 Age 85 Appeared on 60 Minutes with Mike Wallace.
1996 May 26 Age 85 Hong Kong China Temple dedicated. First of 70-plus temples to be dedicated during President Hinckley's presidency.
1996 November 2 Age 86 First Presidency announced establishment of Latter-day Saints Charities to help deliver humanitarian aid worldwide.
1997 April 5 Age 86 Third, Fourth, and Fifth Quorums of the Seventy were organized.
1997 June 1 Age 86 First Presidency announced significant modifications to curriculum and gospel study program for Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood.
1997 October 4 Age 87 Announced that temples would be built in remote areas with small LDS populations.
1998 February 14–22 Age 87 First Church president to visit West Africa.
1998 September 8 Age 88 Interviewed on CNN's national broadcast talk show Larry King Live.
1998 October 3 Age 88 Families given responsibility for their own family files as temples would no longer keep them.
1999 February 20 Age 88 Announced building of Palmyra New York Temple.
1999 April 4 Age 88 Announced building of Nauvoo Illinois Temple.
1999 May 24 Age 88 FamilySearch Internet genealogy service launched.
1999 October 2–3 Age 89 Last general conference held in Tabernacle on Temple Square.
1999 December 24 Age 89 Interviewed on CNN's national broadcast talk show Larry King Live.
2000 January 1 Age 89 First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve issued their testimonies of the Savior in a document entitled “The Living Christ.”
2000 April 1–2 Age 89 First general conference held in new Conference Center.
2001 March 31 Age 90 Announced creation of Perpetual Education Fund.
2001 September 14 Age 91 Interviewed on CNN's national broadcast talk show Larry King Live.
2002 February 22 Age 91 Appeared on NBC during Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, interviewed by Tom Brokaw.
2002 September 9–10 Age 92 First Church President to visit Russia and Ukraine
2003 January 11 Age 92 First worldwide leadership training broadcast by satellite to 97 percent of the Church's priesthood leaders.
2003 February 8 Age 92 First worldwide satellite broadcast for Primary children ages 7–11.
2004 Feb. 21 Age 93 Rededicated the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple in what may have been the largest member meeting held outside the United States.
2004 Nov. 16 Age 94 First-ever commercial edition of the Book of Mormon, published and distributed by Doubleday, became available in bookstores.
2005 July 22 Age 95 Church commemorated President Hinckley’s 95th birthday with a gigantic celebration in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.
2006 June 11 Age 95 Presided at fireside in Iowa City, Iowa, honoring the Mormon pioneer handcart companies.
2006 Aug. 31 Age 96 First Presidency hosted U.S. President George W. Bush in Salt Lake City.
2007 June 23 Age 97 Dedicated the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center at BYU-Provo.
2007 June 26 Age 97 Announced Church membership has surpassed 13 million and that the one-millionth missionary as served since the Church was organized.
2008 January 27 Age 97 Died in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 
 

Sources Cited
2004 Church Almanac (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, c2004).
2007 Church Almanac (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, c2006).