1980: Appointed judge of the Transvaal Supreme Court.
1981: Hands down landmark judgment that effectively halts enforcement of residential segregation.
1989: Appointed judge of appeals court (highest court).
February 1990: African National Congress (ANC) legalized; Nelson Mandela freed.
October 1991: Appointed by President Frederik de Klerk to head the Commission of Inquiry into Public Violence and Intimidation.
April 1992: Goldstone appoints international panel to set guidelines for public protests.
May: Identifies political and territorial rivalry between the ANC and the Inkatha Freedom Party as primary cause of political violence. Chides police for their slow response, but refutes ANC claim that security forces are primary cause of violence.
June 17: Following massacre of 42 black residents of Boipatong township, De Klerk agrees to international observers joining the Goldstone panel.
August: United Nations secretary-general calls on Goldstone to conduct full investigation into security forces. Goldstone recommends sending UN observers to South Africa. Ten UN observers arrive during week of `mass action' protests by ANC.
Nov. 12: Commission discovers that former head of military intelligence had sanctioned a `dirty tricks' campaign against ANC. De Klerk appoints high-level review of intelligence services.
December: De Klerk dismisses 16 senior military officers and suspends seven more in biggest shake-up of military in 70 years.
Feb. 5, 1993: Goldstone appoints investigation into discovery of ANC smuggling of arms in Natal Province.