Dec. 26, 1945: Born in Auburn, N.Y.
1965: Moves to Hollywood, goes to work at Diplomat Hotel.
July 10, 1971: Marries Revé.
Nov. 14, 1974: Adam Walsh born.
July 27, 1981: Adam abducted from Sears in Hollywood Mall.
Aug. 10, 1981: Adam’s severed head found in canal near Vero Beach.
Aug. 15, 1981: Empty-casket funeral for Adam.
Aug. 19, 1981: Adam Walsh Outreach Center for Missing Children established.
Oct. 6, 1981: John and Revé Walsh testify before Congress on behalf of the Missing Children Act, passed one year later.
July 22, 1983: Walshes sue Sears over Adam’s disappearance.
Oct. 10, 1983: Made-for-TV movie Adam broadcast.
Nov. 21, 1983: Walshes drop suit against Sears.
1984: John Walsh hosts PBS documentary, A Parent’s Greatest Fear.
June 13, 1984: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children opens in Washington, D.C.
Feb. 7, 1988: America’s Most Wanted debuts on Fox Network.
Walsh named Man of the Year by U.S. Marshal’s Service.
1996: America’s Most Wanted, canceled by Fox, airs its 427th show, profiling the Walsh case. Viewer protests lead to reinstatement of show two months later.
1997: Walsh publishes his autobiography, Tears of Rage.