Carter starts teaching at Emory University in Atlanta.
Carter's presidential memoir, Keeping Faith, appears in bookstores.
Carter's sister Ruth Carter Stapleton dies at age 54 of pancreatic cancer. Several weeks later, his mother Lillian Carter also dies.
Terrorists drive a truck loaded with TNT into the U.S. Marine headquarters in Beirut, killing 241 Americans.
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.
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."
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.
Construction of the Carter Center begins.
Ronald Reagan wins re-election with a decisive victory over Democrat Walter Mondale.
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.
Carter publishes a book, The Blood of Abraham, about the Middle East peace process.
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.
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.
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."
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, next to the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, opens to researchers.
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.
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.
Brother Billy Carter dies at the age of 51 from pancreatic cancer.
Jimmy Carter publishes An Outdoor Journal, recounting a lifetime of experiences as a fisherman and hunter.
Former presidents Carter and Ford jointly lead a team of Panamanian election monitors.
Preliminary peace negotiations between the Ethiopian government and the Eritrean People's Liberation Front begin at The Carter Center.
Carter travels to Nicaragua to observe presidential elections. Carter convinces incumbent Daniel Ortega to accept the surprising election of Violeta Chamorro.
Sister Gloria Carter Spann dies at the age of 64.
Carter and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat meet for the first time in a Paris hotel.
Carter monitors elections in the Dominican Republic.
Carter leads a mission to monitor Haiti's first democratic national elections.
Carter attends the inauguration of Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Rosalynn Carter announces the formation of "Every Child By Two," a nationwide campaign for early childhood immunization.
Haitian president Aristide is ousted by a military junta lead by General Raoul Cedras.
The Carter Center announces the formation of a Mental Health Task Force under the direction of Mrs. Carter.
Carter announces the Atlanta Project, a major domestic initiative to tackle inner city social problems.
Carter leads an international delegation to observe elections in Zambia.
The Carters visit Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Togo in Africa to promote an effort to eradicate Guinea worm disease.
Carter and others observe presidential elections in Guyana.
The Carter Center monitors the polls during general elections in Ghana.
Carter publishes Turning Point, an account of his first election to the Georgia senate.
Carter and other observers monitor elections in Paraguay.
Guinea worm disease is eradicated in Pakistan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Carters lead a 40-member delegation from 11 countries to Jerusalem to observe Palestinian elections.
Carter and Yasser Arafat meet in Plains, Georgia.
A 55-member delegation, including Carter, General Colin Powell, and boxing champion Evander Holyfield observe parliamentary elections in Jamaica.
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.
Carter leads a team of more than 40 delegates to observe the Venezuelan presidential election.
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.
My American Experience
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