1926: Born in St. Cloud
1950: Graduates from Yale University
1957: Lands job selling securities at J.M. Dain & Co.
1960: Helps secure relocation of Washington Senators, renamed Minnesota Twins
1963 to 1972: CEO of Dain & Co.
1964: Runs unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate against Sen. Eugene McCarthy
1972: Retires from Dain to teach at the Carlson School of Business
1966: Establishes Johnson Institute for addiction treatment with his wife and Vernon Johnson, an Episcopal priest
1967: Helps bring NHL North Stars to Minnesota
1982: Loses race for governor to Rudy Perpich
1986 to 1998: Becomes part owner of Minnesota Vikings
1990 to 1998: Serves as campaign chairman for Gov. Arne Carlson
2012: Campaigns to defeat ban on gay marriage in Minnesota
2015: Named "Man of the Year" at the Minneapolis Club