Authoritarian ruler Hosni Mubarak resigned last February handed power over to the military, who joined revolutionary representatives in promising a new Constitution.
Elections were set for the near future, and ultra-conservative Muslims clashed with a younger liberal generation
Now: a year and a half later...
May 28: The liberals never had a chance. The military-backed Ahmad Shafiq and the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi are declared the final candidates in the Egyptian presidential election.
Shafiq served under ex-president Mubarak as prime minister, until the president was deposed. Morsi is the candidate representing the Muslim Brotherhood party, which won almost half of Egypt's parliamentary seats in December's legislative election- the Muslim Brotherhood advocates for a non-secular, non-violent society, although offshoots of the group have been connected to past violence in the Middle East.
June 2: Ex-President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the killing of protestors
June 14: Egypt's highest court invalidates parliament, and the military leadership known as the SCAF takes power.
June 17th and 18th: Egyptian military forces assert the power to try citizens in military courts and make decisions on issues of "internal as well as national security issues."
Members of the military council reassure the press that they "will hand over power before the end of June." Meanwhile, some fear that the military's actions have the makings of a military coup.
Meanwhile on June 16th and 17th: the second, and final, round of the Egyptian presidential vote begins.
June 20: Ex-President Mubarak suffers a stroke and is declared "clinically dead"
However, reports of his death are exaggerated as he remains alive and in critical condition.