Shimon Peres, who died early Wednesday at 93, held nearly every high office in his country in a political career that spanned 10 U.S. presidents. The last of Israel's founding generation, he leaves a complex legacy but was respected around the world.
1923 — Shimon Persky was born in Vishneva, in what was then Poland and is now Belarus.
Shimon Peres is seen at the age of 13 in Poland on Aug. 1, 1936. (GPO via Reuters)
1934 — Immigrated with his family to British Mandate Palestine.
1940 — Was among the founders of Kibbutz Alumot.
1948 — Israeli independence; Peres is appointed head of Israel's navy.
Israel's Dimona nuclear power plant, in the Negev Desert, started the country's nuclear program when it was built in the 1950s with French help. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)
1959 — Peres was responsible for the construction of a nuclear reactor in Dimona. Israel becomes a nuclear power.
Israeli politicians Shimon Peres, left, and Ariel Sharon visit Ras-Sudar in Egypt, 1975. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1976 — Defense minister during the Entebbe operation that rescued Israeli hostages in Uganda.
Israeli Defense Minister Shimon Peres, right, addresses paratroops after the completion of Operation Entebbe in July 1976. (Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Shimon Peres and his wife, Sonya, fly in a helicopter over northern Israel to Kibbutz Alumot in May 1985. (Herman Chanania/GPO via European Pressphoto Agency) Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres stands in front of a monument after laying a wreath at the Jewish memorial at the former Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, some 40 miles away from Hanover, on Jan. 27, 1986. (Michael Urban/AP)
1994 — Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin.
1995 — When Rabin is assassinated, Peres becomes prime minister for a second time.
Shimon Peres passes by the grave of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on Nov. 12, 1995. (Manoocher Deghati/AFP)
2013 — Peres turns 90, and is serenaded by Barbra Streisand.
Singer Barbra Streisand hugs Israeli President Shimon Peres during Peres's 90th birthday celebration on June 18, 2013, in Jerusalem. (Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)
2014 — His term as president ends; he does a funny YouTube video, "So Now What?", that depicts him trying out various jobs, including pizza deliveryman and airport security guard.
Chemi Peres, left, son of Shimon Peres, arrives to deliver the announcement of his father's death in a hospital in Israel on Sept. 28, 2016. (Baz Ratner/Reuters)
2016 — Dies on Sept. 28, 2016, two weeks after suffering a stroke.
Shimon Peres gives a commencement address at American University in 1998. (Michael Williamson/The Washington Post)
Shimon Peres, Israeli statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 93
Q&A with Israel President Shimon Peres