1953 – Born on December 29th in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971 – The Crips, which he and a friend started in South Central Los Angeles, had already spread to cities throughout the United States, and copycat gangs would soon crop up in South Africa and Switzerland as well.
1981 – He was tried on four counts of capital murder, and although he maintained his innocence and claimed that the police and the prosecutors were framing him, the jury convicted him and sentenced him to death.
1979 – Williams was convicted of the murder of Albert Owens, a clerk in a 7-11 store in Whittier, California, during a robbery by Williams and other gang members that netted them $120.
1993 – Williams experienced a "reawakening" and has since tried to whittle away at the burden of his violent legacy, one word at a time.
2001 – Stanley "Tookie" Williams, infamous co-founder of the Crips street gang, saw himself on the nightly news: The San Quentin inmate had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a member of the Swiss Parliament.
2004 – He helped arrange a peace agreement to end a long-running and bloody feud between two rival gangs, the Crips and the Bloods, in Los Angeles and Newark, New Jersey, and was presented by US President George W. Bush with a national "Call to Service Award", given to those who have helped to make their local communities a better place to live.
2005 – Williams appealed his conviction several times, but in each instance the appellate courts upheld it. He then appealed to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for clemency, and a closed-door clemency hearing was convened, but on December 12th, Schwarzenegger denied the clemency petition, and citing, among other things, Williams’ steadfast refusal to assist authorities in their investigation of numerous crimes committed by Crips gang members and that his book, "Life In Prison", was dedicated to several notorious criminals.
– He was executed by lethal injection on December 13th in San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California.