April 2, 1926: Nasser’s mother dies while he was aged eight, an event that left a deep scar on him for the rest of his life.

As a military cadet.

March 1937: Nasser attends the Military Academy as a cadet.

May 1948: He joins the Palestine war as a member of an Egyptian army battalion sent to battle against the Israelis.

July 23, 1952: Young army officers led by Nasser announce the success of a revolution against the Egyptian monarchy.

July 26, 1952: King Farouk leaves Egypt for Italy after he has been forced by the young revolutionaries to abdicate in favour of his six-month-old son Ahmad Fouad

Nasser with Mohammad Najeeb.

June 18, 1953: Monarchy is abolished and a republican system is declared in Egypt. Mohammad Najeeb becomes the country’s first president and a prime minister. Nasser is named a deputy prime minister and the interior minister.

July 27, 1954: Nasser signs a pact providing for Britain’s withdrawal from Egypt after decades-long colonialisation.

October 26, 1954: Nasser survives an assassination attempt blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood. The attempt triggers a tough crackdown on the Islamist group.

January 24, 1956: Nasser is elected a president by vast majority in a referendum.

July 20, 1956: The US announces its refusal to finance the building of the High Dam, a massive hydroelectric structure that Nasser regards as vital for Egypt’s agro-industrial development.

Nasser at the Suez Canal.

July 23, 1956: Nasser defiantly announces the nationalisation of the Suez Canal, a major international waterway, in order to use its revenues in financing the building of the High Dam in Upper Egypt.

October 29, 1956: Israel, France and Britain begin military attacks on Egypt in retaliation for the Suez Canal nationalisation move.

February 1, 1958: Egypt and Syria merge and declare the establishment of the United Arab Republic. The merger collapses three years later.

June 5, 1967: Israel launches a surprise attack on Egypt, occupying the Sinai Peninsula and dealing it an ignoble military defeat.

June 9, 1967: Nasser announces his decision to step down, a move that prompts tens of thousands to take to the streets, demanding to stay on. He later bows to the popular pressure and revokes his resignation.

Nasser's funeral.

September 28, 1970: Nasser dies of a heart attack at the end an Arab summit in Cairo. An estimated 5 million people attend his funeral.