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Henry Kissinger

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Heinz Alfred "Henry" Kissinger is a German-born American writer, political scientist, diplomat, and businessman. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, he served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. After his term, his opinion was still sought by many subsequent presidents and many world leaders. He is also a war criminal.… Read More

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Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1923 Birth Kissinger was born Heinz Alfred Kissinger in Fürth, Bavaria, Germany, in 1923 during the Weimar Republic, to a family of German Jews. … Read More

TEENAGE

1938 15 Years Old In 1938, fleeing Nazi persecution, his family moved to London, England, before arriving in New York on September 5. … Read More

TWENTIES

1943 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Following high school, Kissinger enrolled in the City College of New York, studying accounting. He excelled academically as a part-time student, continuing to work while enrolled. His studies were interrupted in early 1943, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.
1945 - 1950 3 More Events
1951 28 Years Old He received his MA and PhD degrees at Harvard University in 1951 and 1954, respectively.
1952 29 Years Old In 1952, while still at Harvard, he served as a consultant to the director of the Psychological Strategy Board. … Read More

THIRTIES

1955 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1955, he was a consultant to the National Security Council's Operations Coordinating Board.
1956 33 Years Old From 1956 to 1958 he worked for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as director of its Special Studies Project.
1958 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Kissinger remained at Harvard as a member of the faculty in the Department of Government and, with Robert R. Bowie, co-founded the Center for International Affairs in 1958.
1960 37 Years Old Keen to have a greater influence on U.S. foreign policy, Kissinger became a supporter of, and advisor to, Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York, who sought the Republican nomination for president in 1960, 1964, and 1968.

FORTIES

1968 45 Years Old 1 More Event
After Richard Nixon won the presidency in 1968, he made Kissinger National Security Advisor. … Read More
1969 46 Years Old A proponent of Realpolitik, Kissinger played a dominant role in United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977. … Read More
1970 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Kissinger played a key role in secretly bombing Cambodia to disrupt PAVN and Viet Cong units launching raids into South Vietnam from within Cambodia's borders and resupplying their forces by using the Ho Chi Minh trail and other routes, as well as the 1970 Cambodian Incursion and subsequent widespread bombing of suspected Khmer Rouge targets in Cambodia. … Read More
1971 48 Years Old Under Kissinger's guidance, the United States government supported Pakistan in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. … Read More

FIFTIES

…  For his actions negotiating the ceasefire in Vietnam (which was ultimately never actualized), Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize under controversial circumstances, with two members of the committee resigning in protest. … Read More
During Kissinger’s term of office as Secretary of State he also came up against the coup of the Greek junta and the bloody Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July and August 1974. … Read More
1975 52 Years Old …  In December 1975, Suharto discussed the invasion plans during a meeting with Kissinger and President Ford in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. … Read More
In 1976, Orlando Letelier, a Chilean opponent of the Pinochet regime, was assassinated in Washington, D.C. with a car bomb. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1995 72 Years Old From 1995 to 2001, he served on the board of directors for Freeport-McMoRan, a multinational copper and gold producer with significant mining and milling operations in Papua, Indonesia.
2000 77 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2000, then-president of Indonesia Abdurrahman Wahid appointed Kissinger as a political advisor. … Read More
Kissinger published lengthy telephone transcripts from this period in the 2002 book Crisis.
2005 82 Years Old Kissinger confirmed in recorded interviews with Woodward that the advice was the same as he had given in an August 12, 2005 column in The Washington Post: "Victory over the insurgency is the only meaningful exit strategy."
2006 83 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, it was reported in the book State of Denial by Bob Woodward that Kissinger met regularly with President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to offer advice on the Iraq War.
In an April 3, 2008, interview with Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution, Kissinger reiterated that even though he supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq he thought that the George W. Bush administration rested too much of its case for war on Saddam's supposed weapons of mass destruction. … Read More
2011 88 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, Kissinger published On China, chronicling the evolution of Sino-American relations and laying out the challenges to a partnership of 'genuine strategic trust' between the U.S. and China. … Read More
2012 89 Years Old …  In September 2012, Kissinger attended a home game in which SpVgg Greuther Fürth lost, 0–2, against Schalke after promising years ago he would attend a Greuther Fürth home game if they were promoted to the Bundesliga, the top football league in Germany, from the 2. … Read More
2013 90 Years Old 1 More Event
According to Kissinger, in an interview in November 2013, he was notified at 6:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. … Read More
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