1907: Born in New York City, ostensibly on Nov. 17, 1907 -- though he did not have a birth certificate to prove it. Because of a ''clerical error,'' he said later, his certificate read William Robert Wieland, born Nov. 20, 1907.
1911: Wieland's father dies.
1915: Wieland's mother marries Venezuelan-American Manuel Ralph Montenegro and Wieland begins calling himself Guillermo Arturo Montenegro.
1923: Stepfather takes family to Cuba, but Wieland stays behind to finish school.
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1925: Joined family in Havana and enrolls at Ruston Academy, a school for American expatriates.
1926: Quits Ruston and returns to U.S. to enroll at Villanova College as William Montenegro.
1927: Enlists in U.S. Cavalry as Monty Wieland and falsifies birth certificate to appear older.
1930: Mother dies in Havana.
1932: Joins Havana Post as reporter.
1937: Fired from Havana Post for ''pirating'' Associated Press stories, but later joins AP in Washington to cover State Department.
1941: Applies at the State Department but does not provide copy of his birth certificate. Hired and posted to Rio de Janeiro as press spokesman.
1957: Promoted to policy job at the State Department in Washington.
1959: Recommends quickly recognizing Castro-led government and writes memo describing Castro as moderate. Meets Castro during a State Department luncheon when Castro visits U.S. capital in April.
1964: Assigned to embassy in Australia.
1968: Retired from foreign service as consul general in Melbourne.
1987: Dies in Hollywood, Md., at age 79.