- 1948 - Born in Arthington, Liberia
- 1983 - Flees Liberia after being accused of embezzling nearly $1m. Detained in the US on a Liberian arrest warrant, but later escapes.
- 1989 - Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia rebel group launches armed uprising in Liberia
- 1991-2002 - Sierra Leone civil war
- 1997 - Elected Liberia's president
- 2003 - Special Court for Sierra Leone indicts Taylor on charges including murder, rape, sexual slavery and conscripting child soldiers
- 2003 - Resigns and flies into exile in Nigeria
- March 2006 - Disappears after Nigeria agrees that he should stand trial
- March 2006 - Arrested as he tries to cross border from Nigeria to Cameroon
- June 2006 - Transferred to UN detention block in The Hague to await trial
- June 2007 - Trial starts
- August 2010 - Naomi Campbell and Mia Farrow give evidence at Taylor's trial
- Today - Verdict due
The former Liberian president Charles Taylor was today found guilty of 'aiding and abetting' war crimes during Sierra Leone's civil war
The former Prime Minister Tony Blair has told ITV News that the UK played a strong role in freeing the country from 'gangster and thugs'
Charles Taylor is a former warlord-turned-president. He led a rebel group to that fought to overthrow the government of Liberia in 1997.