July 6, 1943 Robert Mack Bell born in Rocky Mount, N.C.; family moves to Baltimore about 11/2 years later.
June 17, 1960 Bell and 11 students try to get seated at Hooper's Restaurant at Charles and Fayette streets in Baltimore. A hostess says the restaurant policy is not to "serve Negroes," and they sit down nonetheless, prompting a call to police that leads to their arrest and conviction for trespassing. Case becomes known as Bell v. Maryland because Bell's name came first alphabetically.
1961 Bell graduates from Dunbar High School.
January 9, 1962 Conviction upheld by Maryland Court of Appeals; lawyers appeal to U.S. Supreme Court.
June 10, 1963 Supreme Court agrees to hear Bell v. Maryland; it is consolidated with four other sit-in cases.
June 22, 1964 Supreme Court reverses and sends the case back to Maryland Court of Appeals.
July 2, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the landmark Civil Rights Act that outlaws discrimination, including in restaurants.
April 9, 1965 Convictions are reversed.
1966 Bell graduates from Morgan State College.
1969 Bell receives law degree from Harvard and passes Maryland bar, beginning his career at the firm Piper and Marbury.
Jan. 2, 1975 Gov. Marvin Mandel appoints Bell to District Court in Baltimore. At 31, he is youngest district judge.
Jan.. 2, 1980 Gov. Harry Hughes names Bell to the Baltimore's Supreme Bench, which becomes the Circuit Court.
Nov. 15, 1984 Hughes appoints Bell to Court of Special Appeals
May 14, 1991 Gov. William Donald Schaefer elevates Bell to Court of Appeals.
Oct. 23, 1996 Gov. Parris Glendening names Bell chief judge of Court of Appeals.
July 6, 2013 Bell will turn 70, mandatory retirement age.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun