With Stephen Hendry's retirement we look back at the career of one of the best snooker player ever.
Last Updated: 01/05/12 11:12pm
With the surprise news that snooker legend Stephen Hendry has retired from the game, we look back at the career of arguably the best player ever.
1969: Born January 13 in Edinburgh.
1983: Wins the Scottish Under-16 Championship.
1984: Wins the Scottish Amateur Championship, aged 15.
1985: Joins the professional tour aged 16 years and three months, the youngest player ever to do so.
1986: Became the youngest ever winner of the Scottish Professional Championship and becomes the youngest World Championship qualifier, a record broken by Belgium's Luca Brecel in 2012.
1987: Wins his first ranking event, beating Dennis Taylor 10-7 in the Grand Prix final, and adds the British Open title.
1989: Wins his first major, the UK Championship, as part of a haul of three ranking titles.
1990: Retains the UK Championship and wins his first World Championship, along with three other tournament wins.
1992: Wins his second Crucible title, winning 10 successive frames to beat Jimmy White 18-14 in the final. Also wins the Masters and makes his first professional 147 break.
1994: Awarded the MBE by the Queen. Wins the world title for the third year in succession and the fourth time in his career after an 18-17 final win over White. Makes seven centuries in beating Ken Doherty 10-5 in the UK Championship final.
1996: Wins his fifth successive World Championship, matching Steve Davis and Ray Reardon's total of six, and completes the World/UK Championship double for the third year in a row.
1998: Beaten 10-9 after a final-frame re-spotted black by Mark Williams in a memorable Masters final at Wembley.
1999: Wins the last of his seven Crucible crowns. Makes the first ever 147 in a ranking final at the following season's British Open.
2001: Beaten 18-17 by Peter Ebdon in the World Championship final.
2005: Wins his last ranking title at the Malta Cup.
2009: Wins his 1,000th frame at the Crucible.
2011: Records the 10th maximum of his career, against Stephen Maguire at the Welsh Open.
April 15: Beats Yu Delu 10-6 to reach the World Championship, having been forced to go through qualifying for the first time since 1988.
April 21: Marks the opening day of the tournament with a 147 against Stuart Bingham, his third at the Crucible and the 11th of his career - equalling two records held by Ronnie O'Sullivan.
May 1: Having been beaten 13-2 by fellow Scot Maguire in the quarter-final, announces his retirement from snooker.