Born in San Francisco California.
Dian graduates from high school and begins to study veterinary science at the University of California at Davis.
Dian graduates from San Jose State College with a degree in occupational therapy.
Dian becomes the director of occupational therapy at the Kosair Crippled Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dian travels to Africa for a seven week vacation. During the trip, she meets Dr. Louis Leakey and sees her first mountain gorillas.
April: During a visit to Louisville, Leakey asks Dian if she would like to study mountain gorillas.
December: Dian arrives in Africa to begin her groundbreaking studies.
January: Dian sets up her first research camp in the Congo.
July: Dian is forced to leave the camp.
September 24: Dian founds the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda.
The National Geographical Society begins funding Dian's research.
Dian nurses Coco and Pucker, two orphan gorillas, back to health.
In January Dian appears on the cover of National Geographic magazine. A gorilla named peanuts touches Dian's hand. Dian leaves Karisoke to earn a doctorate from the university of Cambridge, in England.
Dian returns to live in Rwanda and take a census of the gorilla population there.
Digit, one of Dian's gorillas, is killed by poachers.
Dian founds the Digit fund.
Dian begins a three year assignment as a visiting associate professor at Cornell university, in Ithaca, New York.
Gorillas In The Mist is published. Dian travels back to Africa and Karisoke.
Dian is murdered in her cabin in December.