Elian Gonzalez Chronology

Nov. 22:
Elian and 13 others leave Cuba for United States aboard 16-foot motor boat.

Nov. 23:
Boat capsizes.

Nov. 25:
Two passengers come ashore. Elian found on inner tube near Fort Lauderdale.

Nov. 26:
Elian turned over to great-uncle Lazaro Gonzalez.

Nov. 27:
Juan Miguel Gonzalez demands son's return to Cuba.

Dec. 10:
Lazaro Gonzalez applies for asylum for Elian.

Dec. 31:
INS interviews Juan Miguel Gonzalez in Havana.

Jan. 5:
INS Commissioner Doris N. Meissner decides Elian "belongs with his father" and must be returned to Cuba by Jan. 14.

Jan. 7:
Lazaro Gonzalez files petition for temporary custody in state court.

Jan. 12:
Attorney General Janet Reno upholds father's right to custody.

Jan. 19:
Lazaro Gonzalez files federal lawsuit to challenge INS ruling.

Jan. 28:
U.S. lawyers seek dismissal of relatives' federal lawsuit.

March 21:
U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore dismisses federal lawsuit, a ruling appealed to federal appeals court in Atlanta.

April 6:
Juan Miguel Gonzalez leaves Cuba for United States.

April 12:
Reno meets with boy's relatives in Miami but returns without the boy.

April 13:
Relatives defy the order to hand over Elian and obtain a court order keeping him in the United States.

April 14:
Justice asks federal court to order Elian's great-uncle to obey the government order.

April 19:
Appeals court orders that Elian be kept in the United States pending his relatives' legal appeal.

April 22:
After several more days of negotiations, armed federal agents storm the Miami house and fly Elian to Washington, where he is reunited with his father.

April 22:
Appeals court denies Miami relatives' request to visit Elian and declines to appoint guardian for the boy other than his father.

April 27:
Appeals court allows Juan Gonzalez to intervene in asylum case. Court declines to appoint a guardian for Elian other than his father and denies the Miami relatives' request to visit the boy.

May 1 :
Juan Miguel Gonzalez files motion asking appeals court to reject political asylum claims filed on behalf of Elian.

May 4:
Spanish-speaking social worker Susan M. Ley is chosen to help monitor Elian while appeals court weighs his future.

May 11:
Lawyers for the government, Juan Miguel Gonzalez and Elian's Miami relatives present arguments to 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Judges announce they will rule "in weeks, not months."

May 11:
Lawyers for the government, Juan Miguel Gonzalez and Elian's Miami relatives present arguments to 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Judges announce they will rule "in weeks, not months."

May 22:
Donato Dalrymple, the man who rescued Elian Gonzalez at sea, charges that his rights were violated during the April 22 raid. He files a federal lawsuit against attorney general Janet Reno and other government officials seeking more than $100 million.

May 26:
Elian Gonzalez and his family move into the Cleveland Park neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C.

June 1:
Appeals court rules that immigration officials acted properly in denying Elian asylum. Elian must remain in the United States for at least two weeks pending appeal.

June 28:
After the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block his departure, Elian returned home to Cuba.

Photos: Reuters, Associated Press.