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Highlights of Cardinal John O'Connor's life and career:

- Jan. 15, 1920: Born in southwest Philadelphia.

- 1936: Entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

- Dec. 15, 1945: Ordained as a priest, assigned as an English teacher at St. James High School in Chester, Pa.

- 1952: Joined the Navy as a chaplain during the Korean War.

- 1968: Published the book, ``A Chaplain Looks at Vietnam.''

- May 27, 1979: Retired from the Navy; named auxiliary bishop for the military vicarate in New York.

- May 1983: Appointed bishop of Scranton, Pa.

- Jan. 31, 1984: Appointed head of New York Archdiocese.

- March 19, 1984: Installed as bishop of the archdiocese.

- Sept. 5, 1984: Won a lawsuit against New York City, overturning a mayoral order banning employment discrimination against gays and lesbians.

- May 25, 1985: Installed by Pope John Paul II as a cardinal.

- January 1995: Pope turned down O'Connor's offer to resign when he turned 75.

- Aug. 1999 - Underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor.

- Jan. 15, 2000: Turned 80 years old.

- Feb. 9, 2000: Papal visit during trip to Rome.

- March 5, 2000: Final appearance at St. Patrick's Cathedral

- May 3, 2000: Died at age 80.




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