January 28, in the north-east Syrian city of Al-Hasakah a man named Hasan Ali Akleh soaked himself with gasoline and set himself alight in a manner reminiscent to how Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi did. Digital Journal 

February 2, Syrian opposition groups are using Facebook and Twitter sites to call for a “day of rage” protest in the country Friday NBC news

February 17, a demonstration in protest of a police beating of a local shop keeper saw to protesters chanting “the Syrian people will not be humiliated.” Digital Journal

February 23, Syrian MP calls for review of harsh emergency laws. The National

March 6, a dozen of young boys were arrested in the city of Daraa for writing the slogan “the people want to overthrow the regime,” on walls across the city. The boys were beaten and tortured in prison.  Digital Journal 

March 7, 13 political prisoners went on a hunger strike protesting “political detentions and oppression,” in their country demanding the implementation of civil and political rights. Digital Journal 

March 10, Dozens of jailed Kurds in Syria started a hunger strike on Thursday in solidarity with rights activists who have mounted the same action in a prison near Damascus, a rights group said. AFP

March 12, Syrian Kurds protested in al-Qamishli and in al-Hasakah.

March 15, Hundreds of Syrians have staged a rare protest in the capital, Damascus, calling for democratic reforms and the release of all political prisoners. BBC 

March 16, Simultaneous demonstrations took place in major cities across Syria on Wednesday. Sources inside Syria report that thousands of protestors gathered in Aleppo, Al-Hassakah, Daraa, Deir ez-Zor, and Hama starting at 11 a.m. There were some clashes with security, according to reports from dissident groups. The Epoch Times 

March 16, 2011 A female-led sit-in in Damascus demanded the release of prisoners unfairly jailed.

March 18, after Islamic Friday prayers, protests for freedom and democracy were held in four cities. At least three protesters have been shot dead in the south Syrian city of Deraa as security forces clamped down on a protest rally. BBC

March19, More than 20,000 people marched Saturday in the southern Syrian town of Dara’a in funerals for protesters killed in demonstrations the day before, and the police used truncheons and tear gas to disperse the mourners. NYT

March 20, Mr. Assad sent a delegation to offer condolences to the families of those killed in the clashes in Dara’a, including the deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, and Tamer al-Hajeh, the minister of local administration. NYT

March 21, Hundreds of people demonstrated against the Syrian government in the town of Jassem on Monday, activists said, as unrest spread in southern Syria. Yalibnan 

March 22, Hundreds of Syrian protesters turn out in Deraa, with reports of four dead in attack by security forces on Omari mosque. The Guardian

March 23, At least six were killed in the early morning attack on the al-Omari mosque in the southern agricultural city of Daraa, where protesters have taken to the streets in calls for reforms and political freedoms, witnesses said. Suntimes 

March 24, About 20,000 people chanting freedom slogans march at funerals in Daraa for protesters killed by security forces. Aljazeera 

March 25, Protesters in the Syrian city of Deraa shouted slogans on Friday denouncing Maher al-Assad, brother of the Syrian president and head of the Republican Guard, a Reuters witness said. Reuters 

March 26, The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 200 inmates, mostly Islamists, were freed from Damascus’ Saidnaya prison. BBC

March 27, The US secretary of state, Hilary Clinton, has said the US will not intervene in Syria in the way it has in Libya. The Guardian

March 29, Tens of thousands are demonstrating in cities across Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad, who has faced a wave of unrest in recent days. BBC

March 30, In a much-anticipated speech on Wednesday, his first since the protests erupted, president Assad failed to lift almost 50 years of emergency rule. Aljazeera

March 31, Antigovernment protesters in Syria, unsatisfied with yet more vague promises of reform from President Bashar al-Assad, marched by the thousands in numerous cities on Friday. NYT

April 1, Protests continue across Syria. CNN

April 3, President Bashar al-Assad dismisses his cabinet to appease calls for change. Al-Assad appoints a new prime minister, Adel Safar. CNN

April 6, Al-Assad grants citizenship to stateless Kurds residing in Syria. CNN

April 11, Human rights group, Insan, says at least 117 activists, intellectuals, and anti-government supporters were arrested. CNN

April 16, Al-Assad briefs his new cabinet in a televised speech. He vows to give greater political and social rights and among his priorities are lifting the state of emergency law. CNN Video>>

April 21, Al-Assad ends Syria’s 48-year state of emergency. He also issues decrees to abolish the Supreme State Security Court and regulate the right to peaceful demonstrations. CNN

April 22, “The Great Friday” protests. In an invitation to Christians to join the peaceful movement, activists called for “Great Friday” protests on Good Friday. Over 100 people were killed across Syria, making it the bloodiest day so far in the uprising. CNN

April 25, Government launches bloody crackdown, sending thousands of troops to Daraa. They raided the city just after 4 am and began shooting indiscriminately. The United States prepares sanctions against the regime. CNN

April 29, United States imposes sanctions on top Syrian officials. CNN

May 10, European Union imposes sanctions on 13 of Syria’s top officials for ‘violence against demonstrators. CNN

May 20, Protests continue. At least 34 killed amid clashes between security forces and protesters. CNN

May 24, The civilian death toll reaches over 1,100, according to Syrian human rights groups.

May 28, Hamza Al Khatib, 13, is returned to his family as a mutilated corpse. His body bore the signs of torture. He, along with other children and adults were arrested weeks earlier. CNN

June 2,  ”Conference for Change in Syria” Hundreds of Syrian activists held a meeting in Turkey. They issue a declaration calling on al-Assad to step down. CNN

June 3, “Friday of the Children” protests. The largest protest outside Daraa takes place in Hama with about 50,000 protesters. The Syrian government disconnects access to the Internet and reduces Syria’s online activities by nearly two-thirds (Source: Syria Deeply).

June 3, President Assad announced the formation of an ad hoc committee designed to establish a foundation for a national dialogue to overcome Syria’s current impasse.  The president declared that the committee would serve to create the proper environment for national movements to be able to express their various opinions on Syrian social, economic, and political life, which would thus bring about reforms on laws particularly dealing with political parties, media, and elections. SANA English

June 3, Syria’s military forces continued pressing to crush a three-month-old popular uprising on Thursday, shelling a string of southern and central towns even as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned President Bashar al-Assad that his legitimacy had “nearly run out.”New York Times

June 3, At least ten protesters were killed in Hama in the midst of one of the biggest demonstrations the city has witnessed so far.  Syrian forces also fired at protesters in Deir al-Zor and in Damascus’ Barzeh district. Reuters

June 3,  A group of mostly exiled Syrian opposition figures on Thursday called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hinted that the United States is preparing to take a tougher stance against Damascus, escalating pressure on the Syrian government as it presses ahead with its brutal crackdown against protesters. Washington Post

June 3, Two U.N. special advisers expressed alarm on Thursday about Syrian authorities’ “systematic and deliberate attacks” against helpless civilians in their bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. Reuters

June 6, Syrian military forces were reported to have killed 38 people in the northern province of Idlib on Saturday and Sunday, demonstrators and rights activists said, as security forces appeared to redeploy from other towns to join the latest front in the harsh crackdown on a three-month-old popular uprising against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. New York Times

June 6, The Obama administration condemned the Syrian regime for allegedly shutting down Internet and other communication networks amid continuing calls for political reforms.  The Hill

June 6, In one of the bloodiest days since the beginning of the unrest, at least 70 people were killed during anti-government protests.  The death toll included one person in Damascus, two in the northwestern province of Idlib, and seven in the town of Rastan.  The most casualties, however, occurred in the city of Hama, where at least 60 people were killed. Reuters

June 7,  The Syrian government asserted Monday that 120 soldiers had been killed by armed protesters in the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour, amid indications that what began as a peaceful protest movement is turning into an armed rebellion in at least some parts of the country. Washington Post

June 7, France has become the first major power to say that Bashar al Assad, the Syrian president, has lost the legitimacy to govern.  “The situation is very clear,” Alain Juppé, foreign minister, said in an address to a Washington think-tank. “In Syria, the process of reform is dead, and we think that Bashar has lost his legitimacy to rule the country.” Financial Times

June 7,  The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog took a swipe at Israel on Monday for “allegedly” bombing to rubble a suspected Syrian reactor site in 2007, saying the case should have been reported to his agency instead. Reuters

June 8, Hundreds of Syrians crossed the northern border into Turkey, fleeing the military assault ordered by the regime following the alleged slaughter of 120 soldiers by “armed gangs.” Turkey vowed not to turn away Syrian refugees and called on the Assad government to stop its violence against civilians. ReutersBBC News

June 8, The Syrian ambassador to France, Lamia Shakkour, denied resigning from her post early Wednesday morning and said that she had been the victim of disinformation intended to embarrass Syria. New York Times

June 8, As reports mount of defections in the Syrian military and the government staggers from the killing of soldiers and police officers in a northern city this week, President Bashar al-Assad may turn increasingly to his brother, Maher, whose elite units in a demoralized army could prove decisive to his government’s survival, activists and analysts say. New York Times

June 8, Mutinous Syrian soldiers joined forces with protesters after days of crackdowns in a tense northern region, apparently killing dozens of officers and security guards, residents and activists said Tuesday. Associated Press

June 8, Syrians fled a restive town toward the Turkish border, fearing bloodshed as troops with tanks approached, under orders to hit back after the government accused armed bands there of killing scores of its security men. Reuters

June 8, Syrian and international human rights groups urged the world’s top war crimes prosecutor on Tuesday to investigate the killing of more than 1,000 civilians during protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Reuters

June 9, President Bashar al-Assad issued two legislative decrees. The first established both an Administrative Judiciary Court in the Aleppo, Homs, and Deir Ezzor governorates and an Administrative Court in those governorates as well as Damascus. The second granted an additional examination term for students of agriculture, hotel management, and vocational training fields. SANA English

June 9, Britain and France circulated a revised draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that would condemn the Syrian government for using force against its own civilians, but would scrupulously avoid a call for military action or any sanctions against the Syrian government. New York Times

June 9, A largely abandoned town in Syria’s northwest has become the latest focal point in the country’s uprising, as young activists brace to battle the army in what would mark a new phase of confrontation in protests against President Bashar al-Assad. Wall Street Journal

June 9, The Turkish government said Thursday that it is planning to build a second camp to house Syrian refugees, after 1,050 more people crossed the border over the last 24 hours, the semi-official Anatolian Agency reported, as a top United Nations official appealed to Damascus to stop the bloodshed that has led people to flee. New York Times

June 10, During another Friday of protests, security forces killed five protestors, including two in the Qaboun district of Damascus, two in the village of Busra al-Harir, and one in the port city of Latakia.  Reuters 

June 10, The United Nations nuclear watchdog voted Thursday to report Syria to the Security Council, citing Syria’s construction of a covert nuclear reactor and its failure to cooperate with investigators, diplomats said. New York Times

June 10, Britain and France met determined resistance on Thursday from Russia, China and other U.N. Security Council members on a proposal to rebuke Syria for its crackdown on anti-government protests, U.N. envoys said. Reuters

June 13, Security forces rounded up hundreds of people in a sweep through the towns around Jisr al-Shughour. Nearly 7,000 people have fled the region around the town crossing the border into Turkey.  Reuters

June 14, After rounding up hundreds of people in a sweep through the villages around Jisr al-Shughour, troops pushed toward the northern town of Maarat al-Numaan, the site of many large anti-government protests, on the Damascus-Aleppo highway, reaching the village of Ahtam late on Monday.  It is believed that the units involved in this northern assault are from the army’s 4th division—under the direct command of President Bashar al-Assad’s brother, Maher—the same division that suppressed the unrest in Deraa in March.  Reuters

June 14, Witnesses claimed that the military is using a “scorched earth” policy in the region around Jisr al-Shughour, destroying houses and burning crops. This is still in question, however, as both sides are claiming the other is burning crops and threatening innocent civilians with the destruction of their farms if they side with the enemy.  BBC News

June 14, Syrian troops pushed toward the northern town of Maarat al-Numaan on the Damascus-Aleppo highway after rounding up hundreds of people in a sweep through villages near Jisr al-Shughour, fleeing residents said. Reuters

June 14, The head of the Arab League voiced “worry” on Monday about almost three months of clashes in Syria but signaled division in the 22-member body over how to proceed. Reuters

June 15, Hundreds of Syrians displaced by a ferocious crackdown on the uprising here fled to the Turkish border by tractor, truck and foot on Tuesday, some huddling in muddy olive groves without shelter and food, residents said. New York Times

June 15, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pressed Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to put an end to violence Tuesday, in the two leaders’ first telephone conversation since their once-close relations appeared to sour a week ago. Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

June 15, A leaked Syrian government document shows that the regime orchestrated last month’s border clashes with Israel. Washington Times

June 15,  Thousands of Syrians fled the historic town of Maarat al-Numaan to escape tank forces thrusting into the country’s north in a widening military campaign to crush protests against President Bashar al-Assad. Reuters

June 17, Friday of Saleh Al-Ali. Thousands of protesters poured into the streets in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, and in three of the country’s five largest cities on Friday, in a weekly show of defiance that came days before President Bashar al-Assad was expected to address Syrians for the first time in two months. Activists said at least 19 people were killed and dozens wounded. NYT

June 18, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Monday pledged to introduce reforms within months to address a wave of protests against his rule, but blamed saboteurs for the unrest and warned that no deal could be reached with gunmen. Reuters 

June 19, Syrian opposition activists have set up a “National Council” to struggle against the Damascus regime, a group of dissidents, including their spokesman Jamil Saib, announced Sunday. Aljazeera 

June 20, Assad gives mixed signals in speech. Aljazeera

June 21, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s effort to drown out pro-democracy protests exploded into clashes between government supporters and opponents Tuesday, and security forces opened fire and killed seven people, including a teenager, activists said. USA Today 

June 22, Witnesses said hundreds of terrified refugees crossed into Turkey to escape an army assault. Syrian troops stormed the village of Managh, 15 km (9 miles) south of the border and just north of the commercial hub of Aleppo, according to residents. Reuters 

June 23, The Syrian opposition called for mass protests on Friday, titled Friday of Lost Legitimacy. Facebook 

June 24, Security forces opened fire as thousands of anti-government protesters took to Syria’s streets in a weekly ritual of defiance and demands for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ousting. The European Union expanded sanctions on Syria. Aljazeera 

June 25, Advance on Khirbet al-Jouz seen as a warning after Ankara seeks reforms and end to crackdown on Syrian protesters. The Guardian

June 29, As protests continued, the Syrian army continued to enter and attack villages in the Idlib province, killing four people in the village of Rameh. The Syrian army also moved in on Marayn, Ihsim, Barshoun, and al-Bara.

June 30, Rival rallies have been held in Aleppo, Syria’s second city, as troops continue their assault in nearby north-western villages, activists sayActivists called for another Friday of mass protests, this time dubbed Friday of Departure. BBC