September 10-20,1991 - Confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
October 6, 1991 - Reports surface two days before the scheduled Senate vote on Thomas's confirmation that law professor Anita Hill told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Thomas had sexually harassed her while she worked with him at the Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Hill said Thomas frequently asked her out on dates and described his sexual interests to her. The Senate vote is delayed for a week after Thomas asks for time to clear his name and to bolster support for his nomination.
October 15, 1991 - The U.S. Senate confirms Clarence Thomas by the narrowest margin in the 20th century: 52 to 48.
October 23, 1991 - Sworn in as associate justice of the Supreme Court.
June 2003 - Thomas dissents in the Court's decision to uphold affirmative action, calls it a "cruel farce" that leaves blacks with a stigma suggesting they only succeeded because of their skin color.
June 2011 - Newspaper articles call the ethics of Justice Thomas into question over his association/friendship with Harlan Crow, a politically conservative and philanthropic real estate tycoon from Dallas, Texas. Mr. Crow has helped finance Mrs. Thomas's Tea Party activities, the restoration of the Pin Point, Georgia, cannery where Justice Thomas's mother worked, and a Savannah library dedicated to Justice Thomas.
January 15, 2013 -- Thomas speaks from the bench for the first time in nearly seven years, since February 22, 2006.