September 1982

Carter starts teaching at Emory University in Atlanta.


October 1982

Carter's presidential memoir, Keeping Faith, appears in bookstores.


September 26, 1983

Carter's sister Ruth Carter Stapleton dies at age 54 of pancreatic cancer. Several weeks later, his mother Lillian Carter also dies.


October 23, 1983

Terrorists drive a truck loaded with TNT into the U.S. Marine headquarters in Beirut, killing 241 Americans.


November 6-9, 1983

Former presidents Carter and Ford co-chair a conference at the Carter Center, "Five Years after Camp David." Though Israel boycotts the conference, the media reports favorably on the attempt.


Early March 1984

Carter joins a Habitat for Humanity construction crew in Americus, Georgia for morning devotions and a day of house building. The New York Times reports, "Mr. Carter has been toiling in a callous-raising enterprise that may be unheard of for a former Commander in Chief."


September 1, 1984

Carter, his wife Rosalynn and 36 others leave Georgia on a Trailways bus headed to New York, where they work on a tenement house for Habitat for Humanity.


October 2, 1984

Construction of the Carter Center begins.


November 1984

Ronald Reagan wins re-election with a decisive victory over Democrat Walter Mondale.


April 1985

The Carter Center sponsors an arms control consultation with eight high-level Soviet officials. Cable news channel CNN airs the final, 11-hour consultation live.


May 1985

Carter publishes a book, The Blood of Abraham, about the Middle East peace process.


November 13, 1985

A volcano erupts in Colombia. Carter continues with his previously scheduled trip there and administers the Sabin polio vaccine to two infant boys on national television.


June 1986

The Carter Center's Global 2000/Sasakawa Africa Association opens its first office in Accra, Ghana. By 1991, the project's end date, Ghana will become a self-sufficient food-producing nation.


Dedication of the Carter Center
The Carter Center

Dedication of the Carter Center
October 1, 1986

President Reagan attends the dedication of the Carter Center. After a gracious speech by Reagan, Carter replies, "I think I understand more clearly than I ever had before why you won in November 1980 and I lost."


January 28, 1987

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, next to the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, opens to researchers.


May 1987

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter's book, Everything to Gain: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life, is published and stays on The New York Times bestseller list for 10 weeks.


October 21, 1987

The Carter Center convinces Merck, a Fortune 500 pharmaceuticals giant, to donate the drug Mectizan for as long as might be needed to control river blindness in Africa.


September 26, 1988

Brother Billy Carter dies at the age of 51 from pancreatic cancer.


November 1988

Jimmy Carter publishes An Outdoor Journal, recounting a lifetime of experiences as a fisherman and hunter.


Carter works as an election monitor
The Carter Center

Carter works as an election monitor
May 9, 1989

Former presidents Carter and Ford jointly lead a team of Panamanian election monitors.


September 7-19, 1989

Preliminary peace negotiations between the Ethiopian government and the Eritrean People's Liberation Front begin at The Carter Center.


February 23-28, 1990

Carter travels to Nicaragua to observe presidential elections. Carter convinces incumbent Daniel Ortega to accept the surprising election of Violeta Chamorro.


March 1990

Sister Gloria Carter Spann dies at the age of 64.


April 4, 1990

Carter and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat meet for the first time in a Paris hotel.


May 16, 1990

Carter monitors elections in the Dominican Republic.


December 16, 1990

Carter leads a mission to monitor Haiti's first democratic national elections.


February 7, 1991

Carter attends the inauguration of Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.


August 2, 1991

Rosalynn Carter announces the formation of "Every Child By Two," a nationwide campaign for early childhood immunization.


September 1991

Haitian president Aristide is ousted by a military junta lead by General Raoul Cedras.


September 4, 1991

The Carter Center announces the formation of a Mental Health Task Force under the direction of Mrs. Carter.


Carter visits a family for the Atlanta Project
The Carter Center

Carter visits a family for the Atlanta Project
October 25, 1991

Carter announces the Atlanta Project, a major domestic initiative to tackle inner city social problems.


October 31, 1991

Carter leads an international delegation to observe elections in Zambia.


September 2-8, 1992

The Carters visit Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Togo in Africa to promote an effort to eradicate Guinea worm disease.


October 5, 1992

Carter and others observe presidential elections in Guyana.


November 4, 1992

The Carter Center monitors the polls during general elections in Ghana.


December 1992

Carter publishes Turning Point, an account of his first election to the Georgia senate.


May 9, 1993

Carter and other observers monitor elections in Paraguay.


October 1993

Guinea worm disease is eradicated in Pakistan.


October 15, 1993

Carter, along with former presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush, announce they will serve as chairmen of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) commission.


Carter meets with North Korean leaders
The Carter Center

Carter meets with North Korean leaders
June 12-18, 1994

The Carters meet with North and South Korean leaders to discuss nuclear disarmament. A few weeks later, North Korean leader Kim Il Sung dies, aborting the planned reunification talks.


September 17-18, 1994

Carter heads a mission to Haiti with former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell and Georgia Senator Sam Nunn at the request of President Clinton. They negotiate terms of departure for Haiti's de facto leaders. The successful meetings avert a U.S.-led multinational invasion and result in a signed agreement for the peaceful removal of the officers from power.


December 17-21, 1994

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter travel to the former Yugoslavia to facilitate talks among warring Bosnian Muslims and Serbs. The Carter mission produces a four-month cease fire and the resumption of peace talks.


March 30, 1995

Carter negotiates a two-month Sudanese cease-fire allowing leaders and citizens of Sudan to initiate efforts to eradicate Guinea worm disease, prevent river blindness, and immunize children against polio and other diseases.


January 18-21, 1996

The Carters lead a 40-member delegation from 11 countries to Jerusalem to observe Palestinian elections.


Carter and Yasser Arafat
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jonathan Newton

Carter and Yasser Arafat
March 5, 1997

Carter and Yasser Arafat meet in Plains, Georgia.


December 18, 1997

A 55-member delegation, including Carter, General Colin Powell, and boxing champion Evander Holyfield observe parliamentary elections in Jamaica.


March 2-15, 1998

A Carter Center delegation observes village elections in China. This is the fourth visit by the Center to discuss, observe, or advise the Chinese government on elections.


December 6, 1998

Carter leads a team of more than 40 delegates to observe the Venezuelan presidential election.


December 10, 1998

Carter receives the first United Nations Human Rights Prize on the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


February 27, 1999

The Carters are joined by General Colin Powell and former Nigerian President Mahamane Ousmane as co-leaders of a 60-member delegation to observe the Nigerian presidential elections.



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