1924: January 3 - Born, Chester.
1968: Ellis, a millionaire from his business in package holidays, takes over as chairman at Aston Villa for the first time.
1970: Sacks manager Tommy Docherty with club struggling at bottom of old Second Division.
1975: Steps down as chairman.
1979: Leaves Villa board.
1982: Returns to Villa - then European champions - as major shareholder and chairman after a brief spell as a director at Wolves.
1987: Villa relegated from old First Division.
1990: Villa finish second in First Division under Graham Taylor; Appoints England's first foreign manager in Jozef Venglos after Taylor takes up England post.
1994: Sacks Ron Atkinson as manager just months after winning League Cup.
1996: Sells shares following Stock Exchange flotation, reducing his stake to from 47% to 39%.
1998: Manager Brian Little resigns.
2002: Undergoes treatment for prostate cancer; Manager John Gregory resigns.
2003: Rejects takeover bid from former Manchester City defender Ray Ranson.
2004: Relinquishes role as chief executive, appointing Bruce Langham.
2005: Awarded OBE for services to football; Undergoes heart bypass surgery; Langham resigns after apparent bust-up with Ellis.
2006: Criticised in a statement to the media purported to have been made by players; Indicates willingness to sell stake in club and instigates takeover talks.
August 14 - Accepts takeover bid from American billionaire Randy Lerner.