Roman Polanski (Getty Images)

Roman Polanski (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES -- Director Roman Polanksi's arrest in Switzerland comes 40 years after his pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, was stabbed and slashed to death by followers of Charles Manson at the house Polanski rented in the Hollywood Hills, and 32 years after he was convicted of raping a child.

Here is a timeline of significant events in the matter:

1967: Directs Sharon Tate, his future wife, in "The Fearless Vampire Killers."

1968: Polanski marries Sharon Tate in London.

1968: "Rosemary's Baby" premieres.

1969: Sharon Tate, eight months pregnant, is brutally murdered along with four others by members of Charles Manson's "family" in Benedict Canyon.

1971: "The Tragedy of MacBeth," Polanski' first film after Tate's death, premieres.

1974: "Chinatown," considered Polanski's greatest achievement, premieres.

1977: Los Angeles police arrest Polanski on suspicion of "unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor." Polanski, 44 at the time, pleads guilty.

1977: Released after a 42-day psychiatric evaluation, Polanski enters a guilty plea in exchange for "time served" as a sentence. A judge rejects the prosecution agreement and issues a 50-year prison sentence, and Polanski flees to France.

1978: A U.S. arrest warrant is issued for Polanski.

1979: Polanski dedicates the film, "Tess," to the memory of Tate. It was his first film since the arrest.

1997: Polanski directs a stage version of Tate's film, "The Fearless Vampire Killers" in Vienna.

1998: Polanski elected a member of the French Academy of Fine Arts.

2002: Polanski wins the Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival for "The Pianist," and then wins in absentia the 2002 Academy Award for directing. The rape victim says the movie should be judged independently of Polanski's rape.

2003: Victim Samantha Geimer writes that what Polanski "did to me was wrong. But I wish he would return to America so the whole ordeal can be put to rest for both of us."

2005: Federal authorities get an international arrest warrant for the Los Angeles rape.

2008: Polanski's Los Angeles attorney requests that the rape conviction be dismissed for judicial and prosecutorial misconduct.

2009: An L.A. judge denies the request because Polanski is a fugitive, but says the request can be heard if Polanski appears.

Sept. 22, 2009: Polanski's attorneys file new appeal on the rejection of 2008 request. Prosecutors learn Polanski is booked for the Zurich film festival, obtain another warrant, and alert Swiss police.

Sept. 26, 2009: Polanski arrested in Zurich.