1972: Charles G. Taylor, 24, arrives in Boston on student visa; attends Bentley College, works in South Boston, and lives for the next decade mainly in Roxbury.
1980: Joins new Liberian government after Samuel Doe mounts successful coup with Taylor’s help.
1983: Flees to Boston after being charged with embezzling government funds.
May 24, 1984: Arrested in Somerville and jailed in Plymouth.
Sept. 15, 1985: Escapes from Plymouth House of Correction.
December 1989: As head of rebel army, launches incursion into Liberia from Ivory Coast, setting off a series of civil wars.
1996: Consolidates power in Liberian capital of Monrovia.
1997: Elected president of Liberia.
2002: Investigated by UN Special Court for Sierra Leone for alleged role in instigating atrocities.
2003: Indicted on war crime charges, Taylor flees to Nigeria; turned over to UN court three years later.
2007: Trial begins in The Hague.
March 2011: Trial concludes, awaiting a verdict.