1946: He fought in World War II and was honorably discharged in November 1946.
1951: William H. Gates, Sr. married Mary Maxwell Gates in 1951; their marriage lasted 43 years till June 10, 1994.
1994: He married Mary Maxwell Gates, whom he met at UW, and who died in 1994.
1996: William H. Gates, Sr. married Mimi Gardner Gates in 1996.
2003: Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes written by William H. Gates, Sr. was first published in 2003.