(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of former president of Israel Shimon Peres.
Personal: Birth date: August 15, 1923 (some sources say the 16th)
Birth place: Vishniev, Poland (now in Belarus)
Birth name: Shimon Persky
Father: Isaac Persky
Mother: Sarah Persky
Marriage: Sonya Gelman (1945-January 20, 2011, her death)
Children: Zvia, Jonathan, and Nechemia
Timeline: 1934 - Family immigrates to Palestine.
1948 - Appointed head of Israel's Naval Services.
1953-1959 - Director General of Israel's Ministry of Defense.
1959 - Elected to Israel's Parliament, the Knesset.
1959-1965 - Deputy Minister of Defense.
1974-1977 - Minister of Defense.
1977-1992 - Chairman of the Labor Party.
1984-1986 - First Prime Minister of the new National Unity Government.
November 4, 1995-June 1996 - Becomes prime minister after Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated.
1996 - Founds the Peres Center for Peace.
March 2001 - Is appointed deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's newly formed National Unity Government.
January-November 2005 - Vice Premier of the Knesset (Parliament) and Senior Deputy Prime Minister of Israel.
June 13, 2007 - Wins the Israeli presidential election by a vote of 86 - 23 by the Knesset.
July 15, 2007 - Takes office for a seven year term.
November 13, 2007 - Peres addresses the Turkish parliament, becoming the first Israeli president in history to speak to a Muslim country's legislature.
June 19, 2011 - Urges peace talks with the Palestinians and warns the United Nations against recognizing Palestine as an independent state outside of a peace plan.
May 29, 2012 - Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama during an East Room ceremony in the White House.
July 24, 2014 - Steps down as president.