Five key moments in John McCain's life

Here are come of the key moments from the life of US senator John McCain.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., flanked by his running-mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, left, and his wife Cindy in 2008

File: Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., flanked by his running-mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, left, and his wife Cindy in 2008 Source: AAP

US Senator John McCain, who died Saturday at age 81, spent 35 years in politics after a military career interrupted by his Hanoi confinement during the war in Vietnam. 

Here are five key dates in the life of the iconic Navy pilot-turned-politician:

August 29, 1936:

John Sidney McCain III is born in the Panama Canal Zone. With his father a US Navy submarine commander and his grandfather an admiral, McCain follows their footsteps into a military career.

He graduates from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, and becomes a fighter pilot.

Future US Senator John S. McCain III (R-AZ) (C) as a young boy with his grandfather Vice Admiral John S. McCain Sr. (1884 - 1945) (L) in the 1940s
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October 26, 1967:

McCain's A-4E Skyhawk is shot down over Hanoi by a surface-to-air missile.

He ejects and is taken prisoner. Fractures in both his arms and right leg are poorly treated, and McCain -- whose father has risen to become commander of all US forces in the Pacific, including Vietnam -- is beaten and tortured throughout his detention.

He is released on March 15, 1973, at the end of US involvement in the war.

A photo taken 26 October 1967 shows US Navy Airforce Major John McCain (C) being rescued from Hanoi's Truc Bach lake by several Hanoi residents
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File Photo) Senator John Mccain In A Hanoi Hospital During The Vietnam War November, 1967.
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November 2, 1982:

Upon leaving the military, McCain, recently remarried after divorcing his first wife, is elected to an Arizona seat in the US House of Representatives.

Four years later he is elected to the Senate, where he was re-elected five times and serviced until his death, although his final months were spent away from the Senate floor as he underwent treatment for brain cancer in his home state of Arizona. His term would have ended in January 2022.


September 4, 2008:

Eight years after a stinging defeat in the 2000 Republican presidential primaries to George W. Bush, McCain formally becomes the party's White House nominee against Democrat Barack Obama.

He chooses a virtually unknown governor as his running mate: Alaska's Sarah Palin. The Republicans are defeated in November.

2008 file image:Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, smiles while on stage between Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain
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July 28, 2017:

At around 1:30 am, McCain enters the Senate chamber and, with a dramatic thumbs down gesture, casts the deciding vote against the partial repeal of the Obamacare health law, torpedoing one of Trump's central campaign promises. The American president is livid.

Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain (L) is followed by members of the news media duirng Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare
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Published 26 August 2018 at 12:16pm
Source: AFP - SBS