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O.J. Simpson Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 5:23 PM EDT, Mon July 28, 2014
O.J. Simpson looks at a new pair of Aris extra-large gloves that prosecutors had him put on 21 June 1995 during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles. Simpson was acquitted of charges of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. AFP PHOTO by Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
O.J. Simpson looks at a new pair of Aris extra-large gloves that prosecutors had him put on 21 June 1995 during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles. Simpson was acquitted of charges of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. AFP PHOTO by Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)

(CNN) -- Here is a look at the life of former NFL star O.J. Simpson.

Personal:
Birth date: July 9, 1947

Birth place: San Francisco, California

Birth name: Orenthal James Simpson

Father: Jimmie Lee Simpson, custodian and cook

Mother: Eunice Simpson, nurse's aide

Marriages: Nicole (Brown) Simpson (February 2, 1985-1992, divorced); Marguerite (Whitley) Simpson (June 24, 1967-1979, divorced)

Children: with Nicole (Brown) Simpson: Justin (August 6, 1988); Sydney (October 17, 1985); with Marguerite (Whitley) Simpson: Aaren (September 24, 1977-August 18, 1979); Jason (April 21, 1970); Arnelle (December 4, 1968)

Education: City College of San Francisco (1965-1967); University of Southern California (1967-1969)

Other Facts:
Heisman Trophy winner, Pro Football Hall of Fame member, former sports commentator and actor.

Timeline:
1968 - Receives the Heisman Trophy at the New York Downtown Athletic Club.

1969-1977 - Plays halfback for the Buffalo Bills.

1970 - Voted college football player of the decade by ABC Sports.

1972-1976 - Makes the NFL Pro Bowl team each year.

1974 - Appears in first big budget film, "The Towering Inferno".

1978-1979 - Plays halfback for the San Francisco 49ers.

1979-1986 - Sports commentator for ABC Sports.

1984-1985 - Commentator for ABC Monday Night Football.

1985 - Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

1988 - Appears in a supporting role in "Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!"

1991 - Appears in a supporting role in "The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear."

June 12, 1994 - Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and Ronald Lyle Goldman, 25, are stabbed to death.

June 13, 1994 - Simpson is questioned by the LAPD for three hours and released.

June 16, 1994 - Separate funerals are held for Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

June 17, 1994 - Simpson is charged with two counts of murder with special circumstances. He does not surrender and is declared a fugitive. A suicide letter is found shortly before Simpson is spotted riding in friend Al Cowlings' white Ford Bronco. With Cowlings driving, they lead police on a 60-mile slow speed chase and end up at Simpson's Brentwood mansion. At 8:51pm, Simpson surrenders to police at his home.

July 22, 1994 - Arraignment - pleads not guilty.

November 3, 1994 - The jury is selected and consists of eight black, one Hispanic, one white, two of mixed race. There are four men and eight women.

January 24, 1995 - His criminal trial begins.

May 4, 1995 - The Goldmans file a wrongful death suit against Simpson.

June 5, 1995 - In court, Simpson tries on the leather gloves connected to the case, and says they do not fit.

July 6, 1995 - The prosecution rests.

September 27, 1995 - Defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran reminds the jury about the glove, "If it doesn't fit; you must acquit."

September 29, 1995 - The defense rests, and the case goes to the jury to reach a verdict.

October 3, 1995 - The jury returns a not guilty verdict after less than four hours of deliberations in the criminal trial.

October 23, 1996 - Civil trial begins in a wrongful death suit brought against Simpson by the victims' families. Jury is made up of nine whites, one Hispanic, one African American, and one person of mixed Asian and African descent.

November 22, 1996 - Simpson, for the first time, testifies before a jury and denies the murder of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman.

December 20, 1996 - Simpson is awarded custody of his children.

February 4, 1997 - The jury finds Simpson liable in the civil wrongful death suit brought by the victims' families and awards the plaintiffs $8.5 million in damages.

February 6, 1997 - Testimony in the punitive phase of the civil trial begins.

February 10, 1997 - Simpson is ordered to pay $25 million in punitive damages to the victims' families.

March 26, 1997 - The court orders Simpson to turn over his assets, including a set of golf clubs, his 1968 Heisman Trophy, and a Warhol painting.

November 20, 2006 - News Corp announces the cancellation of Simpson's book and two part FOX TV interview, called "If I Did It." The book was promoted as a hypothetical account of the murders.

March 13, 2007 - A California judge rules that the rights to Simpson's book will be publicly auctioned so that Ron Goldman's family can receive the future proceeds. The auction is canceled in early April 2007 when the holding company Lorraine Brook Associates declares bankruptcy.

June 15, 2007 - A bankruptcy judge in Miami orders a new auction of the book rights to "If I Did It," with all proceeds going to Fred Goldman, Ron Goldman's father.

July 11, 2007 - The family of Nicole Brown Simpson files court papers in connection to the auction of the book rights to "If I Did It." The Brown family believes it is entitled to 40% of any proceeds from the book, based on the $24.7 million civil judgment it won against O.J. Simpson.

July 30, 2007 - A federal bankruptcy court awards Ron Goldman's family 90% of the proceeds from the sale of the publishing rights to "If I Did It." The rest will go to O.J. Simpson's creditors.

September 16, 2007- Arrested in connection with a robbery at a Las Vegas hotel room on September 13, 2007. Simpson contends that he was retrieving personal items that had been stolen from him and were being sold as memorabilia. Police announce they have booked him on six counts of robbery, assault, burglary and conspiracy.

September 19, 2007 - Judge in Simpson burglary case sets bail at $125,000 and asks that Simpson turn over his passport and not talk to the people involved in case.

November 14, 2007 - Clark County Judge Joe M. Bonaventure rules that Simpson will stand trial on charges including kidnapping, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in the September 13, 2007, incident at a Las Vegas hotel, which could send him to prison for up to life upon conviction.

November 28, 2007 - Simpson pleads not guilty to charges of kidnapping, robbery and assault.

January 10, 2008 - Simpson is arrested in Florida and is to be extradited to Nevada for violating the terms of his bail by contacting person(s) involved in the trial.

January 16, 2008 - Simpson's bail is doubled after a judge finds he violated a court ruling. His bail is set at $250,000 and Simpson cannot leave Clark County jail until 15 percent of the bail is paid. Simpson is later released from jail after paying the full bail amount.

September 8, 2008 - Jury selection begins in Simpson's trial.

September 15, 2008 - Trial begins.

October 3, 2008 - Simpson is found guilty on 12 counts, including kidnapping and armed robbery.

December 5, 2008 - Simpson is sentenced up to 33 years in jail, but will be eligible for parole after nine years.

May 26, 2009 - Attorneys for Simpson appeal Simpson's 2008 conviction.

August 3, 2009 - Oral arguments begin with a three member panel of justices to hear Simpson's request to post bond while his appeal is considered.

September 4, 2009 - Nevada Supreme Court denies Simpson's request to be let out of prison pending his appeal.

June 11, 2010 - A three justice panel of the Nevada Supreme Court hears arguments in Simpson's appeal.

October 22, 2010 - The Nevada Supreme Court upholds Simpson's convictions for kidnapping with a deadly weapon and other charges in his 2008 Las Vegas armed robbery trial.

May 15, 2012 - Simpson's new attorney files a 94-page document with the Clark County District Court in Las Vegas claiming Simpson received poor legal representation and requesting Simpson be released from prison and granted a new trial.

November 21, 2012 - A documentary, "My Brother the Serial Killer," claiming death row inmate, Glen Rogers, killed Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman, premieres on the Discovery channel.

March 20, 2013 - Fox announces that it will develop an O.J. Simpson murder trial miniseries.

May 13, 2013 - Simpson appears in a Las Vegas courtroom, during a hearing on whether or not he will be granted a retrial.

May 15, 2013 - Simpson testifies that his former lawyer, Yale Galanter, advised him he could use some force to reclaim personal items from sports memorabilia dealers and didn't accurately represent him.

July 31, 2013 - Simpson gets parole on some of the charges relating to his 2008 armed robbery convictions.

November 26, 2013 - A judge upholds Simpson's conviction on kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges.

May 22, 2014 - Lawyers attempting to have the 2008 armed-robbery conviction overturned file for a new trial.

June 12-17, 2014 - 20th anniversary of deaths and funerals of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman and the police chase of Simpson down I-405 to his Brentwood home.

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