Dec. 7, 1981:

President Reagan nominates Robert H. Bork, a solicitor general during the Nixon administration, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Bork's term begins in 1982.

July 1, 1987:

Reagan nominates Bork to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr., calling Bork "the most prominent and intellectually powerful advocate of judicial restraint."

Sept. 15:

In the first day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Bork says his "philosophy of judging is neither liberal nor conservative." Committee Republicans praise the judge's performance; Democratic observers say his appearance reveals a lack of flexibility.

Oct. 6:

In a 9-to-5 vote, the committee recommends that the Senate reject Bork's nomination to the court. Eight Democrats and Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) form the majority. Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) says "the White House has . . . misunderstood where the American people are on these fundamental issues . . . . "

Oct. 9:

Bork appears in the White House briefing room to say he will continue his fight for confirmation "for the sake of the federal judiciary and the American people." Reagan issues a written statement following the announcement, denouncing Bork's opponents for "an attack based on innuendos, mistruths and distortions."

Oct. 23:

The Senate rejects the Bork nomination by a vote of 58 to 42. Bork says he is "glad the debate took place. There is now a full and permanent record by which the future may judge not only me but the proper nature of a confirmation proceeding."


Bork's Jan. 7 letter of resignation from the Court of Appeals, effective Feb. 5, is made public.