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Timeline Of Mike Tyson

June 30, 1966

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Mike Gerard Tyson is born in Brooklyn, New York to Lorna Tyson and Jimmy Kirkpatrick.

1978

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Tyson, 12, is arrested in Brooklyn for purse-snatching and sent to Tryon School for Boys.

1979

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A boxing instructor at a New York State correction facility for boys brought Tyson to the attention of Cus D’Amato, who had guided Floyd Patterson to the heavyweight title.

1984

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D’Amato becomes Tyson’s legal guardian.

March 6, 1985

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In his professional debut, Tyson defeats Hector Mercedes in one round.

Nov. 4, 1985

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D’Amato dies of pneumonia.

Nov. 22, 1986

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Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick in the second round, winning the WBC heavyweight title to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history at age 20.

Feb. 9, 1988

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Tyson weds actress Robin Givens in New York.

June 17, 1988

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Robin Givens and her family publicly accuse Tyson of domestic violence.

Sept. 4, 1988

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Tyson is knocked unconscious after driving his BMW into a tree. Three days later, the New York Daily News reports the accident was a “suicide attempt” caused by a “chemical imbalance” that made him violent and irrational.

June 28, 1997

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Tyson is disqualified after the third round of his rematch with Holyfield after he bites Holyfield twice, once on each ear. Tyson claims he was retaliating for a head butt inflicted by Holyfield that opened up a gash above his right eye. Referee Mills Lane ruled the butt was accidental.

Sept. 21, 2003

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Rap artist 50 Cent purchases Tyson’s 48,000-square-foot mansion in Farmington, Connecticut for $4.1 million.

July 30, 2004

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Tyson is knocked out in the fourth round by Danny Williams in Louisville, Kentucky.

October 2012

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Tyson launched the Mike Tyson Cares Foundation. The mission of the Mike Tyson Cares Foundation is to “give kids a fighting chance” by providing innovative centers that provide for the comprehensive needs of kids from broken homes.

November 2013

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Tyson released his book Undisputed Truth, which also made it on the The New York Times Best Seller list.