May 15, 1937
Madeleine Korbel Albright is born in Czechoslovakia
Madeleine Albright’s family flee to London after the Nazis invade Prague. They spend World War II there.
Madeleine Albright’s family returns to liberated Czechoslovakia.
November 11, 1948
Madeleine Albright, with mother, sister, and brother arrive in U.S after fleeing Czechoslovakia. Her father follows in December.
Madeleine Albright graduates from Wellesley College.
August 14, 1957
Madeleine Albright is granted American citizenship.
Madeleine Albright earns a certificate from the Russian Institute and a Master of Arts degree at Columbia University.
Madeleine Albright earns her Ph.D. degree from Columbia University.
Madeleine Albright becomes chief legislative assistant to Senator Edmund Muskie.
Madeleine Albright works on staff of National Security Council.
Madeleine Albright joins the faculty at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She rejoined after her government service and remains a professor.
Madeleine Albright serves as foreign policy advisor to Democratic presidential nominee, Walter Mondale and vice-presidential nominee, Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1987-88.
December 21, 1992
President Clinton designates Madeleine Albright as U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN.
February 1, 1993
Madeleine Albright begins as U.S. ambassador to the UN.
December 5, 1996
President Clinton designates Ambassador Albright to serve as Secretary of State during his second term.
January 23, 1997
Madeleine Albright is sworn in as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States
March 1998- June 1999
Madeleine Albright is involved as U.S. Secretary of State when NATO called off airstrikes again Yugoslavia when Miloševic agreed to an international peace plan.
June 8, 2000
Madeleine Albright attends special UN session: “Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development, and Peace for the 21st Century.”
October 22-25, 2000
Madeleine Albright visits Pyongyang, North Korea. To this day, she remains the highest sitting U.S. government official to ever visit North Korea
January 20, 2001
Madeleine Albright’s last day as Secretary of State.
Madeleine Albright becomes Chair of the National Democratic Institute
Madeleine Albright becomes the Founder and Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management. She also publishes five bestselling books.
Madeleine Albright is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.