Mother: Sarah Persky
Marriage: Sonya Gelman (1945-January 20, 2011, her death)
Children: Zvia, Jonathan, and Nechemia
1934 - Family immigrates to Palestine.
1948 - Appointed head of Israel's Naval Services.
1953-1959 - Director general of Israel's Ministry of Defense.
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.
December 10, 1994 -
Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
along with Yasser Arafat
and Yitzhak Rabin.
November 4, 1995-June 1996 - Becomes prime minister after Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated.
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.
July 2009 -
Meets with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
in Cairo to discuss the Middle East peace process and the fate of Gilad Shalit
, an Israeli soldier held by Hamas
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.
September 22, 2014 -
Releases a comedic YouTube video, "So Now What?"
The video depicts the former president trying out a variety of new jobs including pizza deliveryman, gas station attendant, supermarket cashier and airport security guard. A mix of punchlines and life lessons, the video goes viral, with nearly 700,000 views.
July 1, 2015 -
During an exclusive interview with CNN
, Peres expresses support of a nuclear deal with Iran
and says it is feasible for inspectors to enforce the terms of the agreement.
January 14, 2016 - Peres suffers a mild heart attack and undergoes surgery, getting a stent.
July 21, 2016 -
Lays the cornerstone for the Israeli Innovation Center at the Peres Peace House in Tel Aviv, together with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
. The center aims to showcase Israel's technology achievements and encourage entrepreneurs and start-ups.