The Arnold – Classic Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger

1947 – Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is born on July 30 in the hamlet of Thal bei Graz, about 10 km (6 mi) from Graz, the capital of Styria (die Steiermark).

1947 – Arnold is the second son of Aurelia Jadrny Schwarzenegger and policeman Gustav Schwarzenegger (Gendarmerie-Kommandant).

1962 – Arnold begins serious bodybuilding training at a gym in Graz.

1965 – Arnold joins the Austrian army as a tank driver, but continues his bodybuilding.

1966 – Arnold leaves Thal for good and wins Mr. Europe title as a bodybuilder in Munich.

1967 – Becomes Mr. Universe (a title he won five times)

1968 – Arnold goes to America.

1970 – Wins title of Mr. World; becomes Mr. Olympia, a title he will hold each year until 1975



1971 – Arnold’s older brother Meinhard is killed in an auto accident. Meinhard’s son now lives and works in Los Angeles.




1972 – Gustav Schwarzenegger dies in Weiz, Styria, where he had been transferred as a police official. Arnold does not attend his father’s funeral.

1977 – Meets TV journalist Maria Shriver, a member of the Kennedy clan, at a tennis tournament; wins his 7th Mr. Olympia title



1979 – Earns a business B.A. from the University of Wisconsin

1984 – Becomes a naturalized U.S. citizen on Sept. 16





1984 – The first Terminator film puts Schwarzenegger firmly into the “superstar” category.


1986 – Schwarzenegger and Maria Schriver marry on August 26. They currently have four children: Katherine, Christina, Patrick, and Christopher.

1987 – Gets his own star on Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame”

1990 – Named chairman of President George Bush’s Council on Physical Fitness. In following years Schwarzenegger will be active in promoting the Special Olympics and as a prominent figure in Republican politics at the state and national level.

1991 – Receives Simon Wiesenthal Center “Humanity Prize” for his efforts in increasing Holocaust awareness

1991 – Schwarzenegger partners with fellow stars Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone to found the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain.

1997 – Receives Simon Wiesenthal Center “Leadership Award” for his efforts in increasing Holocaust awareness

1997 – Undergoes an operation to repair a heart valve. Some claim Schwarzenegger’s admitted use of steroids during his bodybuilding years caused his heart problems.

1997 – In June, Arnold and his wife attend ceremonies in Graz for the dedication of a stadium named in honor of the hometown hero.

1998 – In August Schwarzenegger’s mother dies in Weiz.

1998 – Schwarzenegger sues two paparazzi for endangering his pregnant wife—and wins.

2003 – On August 6, during taping of Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show,” Schwarzenegger announces that he will run for California governor as a Republican in the state’s Gray Davis recall election.

2003 – Schwarzenegger makes his victory speech on the night of October 7. The 56-year-old Austrian takes his oath of office in Sacramento on November 17, 2003.

2005 – Peter Pilz, from the Austrian Green Party, demanded that parliament revoke Schwarzenegger’s Austrian citizenship.


2006 – Schwarzenegger signed a bill creating the nation’s first cap on greenhouse gas emissions.

2011 – The Los Angeles Times revealed that Schwarzenegger had fathered a son more than fourteen years earlier with an employee in their household, Mildred Patricia ‘Patty’ Baena.


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