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1974–1976 The Charles Koch Foundation days Cato's own timelines begin in 1977, and it's not clear what they were up to in the first two years before the name change.
1977–1981 Rothbard is around
March 1, 2012 – October 2012 Koch v. Cato dispute

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Year Month and date Event type Details
1974 December 19 The articles of incorporation of The Charles Koch Foundation, Inc. are approved in Kansas.[1][2]
1976 July 28 The amendment to the articles of incorporation, to change the name of the organization from "The Charles Koch Foundation, Inc." to "Cato Institute", is approved in Kansas.[1][2]
1977 January The Cato Institute is established in San Francisco by Edward H. Crane and Charles G. Koch.[3]:2,11
1977 November Periodical Inquiry Magazine, a biweekly political affairs magazine, is founded at the Cato Institute.[3]:2,11
1978–1982 Periodical The Cato Institute first publishes Literature of Liberty, a magazine where each issue discusses the literature of a particular field. The publication would b transferred to Institute for Humane Studies.[4][5]:526
1978 February Cato launches Byline, a daily radio program.[3]:10[6]
1978 March Publication Cato Institute publishes The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science by Ludwig von Mises.[3]:11
1978 June Meeting The Cato Institute launches its Summer Seminar in Political Economy.[3]:12
1979 January Periodical The Cato Institute launches the newsletter Policy Report.[3]:12–13
1979 May Publication Cato Institute publishes two manuscripts by F. A. Hayek.[3]:16
1980 January Periodical The first issue of Policy Analysis is published.[3]:17
1980 November Publication Cato Institute publishes The Regulation of Medical Care: Is the Price Too High? by John C. Goodman.[3]:18
1980 October–December Publication Cato Institute publishes Social Security: The Inherent Contradiction by Peter Ferrara.[3]:19[6]
1981 March Periodical The first issue of the Cato Journal is published.[3]:22
1981 March People Murray Rothbard is fired from Cato Institute.[5]:417
1981 December Meeting Cato Institute holds a symposium on pollution.[3]:23
1981 December Ludwig von Mises's widow Margit gives her approval to found the Mises Institute.[7]
1982 January The Cato Institute relocates to Washington D.C.[5]:446[6]
1982 February Publication Cato Institute publishes Freedom, Feminism, and the State.[3]:24
1982 May Publication Cato Institute publishes the Polish Solidarnosc z Wolnoscia (Solidarity with Liberty), a book containing essays by F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, Michael Polanyi, and others. Cato then smuggles copies of the book into Poland.[3]:25[8]
1982 October The Mises Institute is founded by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. (founding president), with Murray Rothbard as the founding vice president.[9][10][11]
1983 January Meeting The Cato Institute hosts its first annual monetary conference. The topic for the first year is "The Search for Stable Money".[3]:28
1983 November Publication Cato Institute publishes Telecommunications in Crisis: Technology, Deregulation, and the First Amendment, arguing for a free market in the frequency spectrum.[3]:30
1984–1985 September Publication The Cato Institute publishes Friedman and Hayek on Freedom, a collection of Russian-language essays by F. A. Hayek and Milton Friedman. Cato then smuggles copies of the book into the Soviet Union.[3]:40[6]
1984 August Publication Cato Institute publishes Beyond Liberal and Conservative: Reassessing the Political Spectrum.[3]:31
1985 May People William Niskanen joins the Cato Institute board of directors as chairman. At the time Niskanen is already known for his work in the Ronald Reagan administration among other places: "Niskanen was a veteran of Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers, was a respected economist in his own right, and had a reputation for integrity from quitting as chief economist for Ford Motors over disagreement about their embrace of trade protectionism."[5]:452[3]:35
1985 July Publication The Cato Institute publishes National Economic Planning: What is Left? by Don Lavoie.[3]:36
1989 Periodical The Cato Institute acquires Regulation, the magazine-turned-periodical started by the American Enterprise Institute.[12] (Cato's 40-year anniversary timeline gives January 1990 for the acquisition.)[6]
1989 The Cato Institute establishes its Center for Constitutional Studies.[3][13]
1989 December Publication The Cato Institute publishes The Rights Retained by the People: The History and Meaning of the Ninth Amendment.[3]:55[14]
1990 September Meeting The Cato Institute holds its first conference in Moscow, titled Transition to Freedom: the New Soviet Challenge.[15][3]:59
1991 Cato Institute is "solidly against" the Gulf War. Cato loses "nearly $1 million in funding over its stance against the Gulf War" due to some of its funders being for the war.[5]:454[16]
1991 March Publication The Cato Institute publishes Liberating Schools: Education in the Inner City, a collection of articles edited by David Boaz.[3]:64
1991 April 20–21 Meeting The Cato Institute conference "All the President's Men: Perestroika Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow", the second in Moscow, takes place.[3]:64[17]:4
1991 May 1 Publication America Entangled: The Persian Gulf Crisis and Its Consequences, edited by Ted Galen Carpenter, is published.[18][3]:61
1992 May Publication Patient Power by John C. Goodman is published by Cato Institute.[3]:67
1992 May The Cato Institute conference Liberty in the Americas: Free Trade and Beyond takes place in Mexico City.[3]:70
1993 January Publication Cato publishes Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thoughts by Jonathan Rauch.[3]:71
1993 May 6–7 Cato Institute celebrates the grand opening of its new headquarters. Staff members complete the move on May 10.[19]
1995 February 22 Domain The cato.org domain name is registered.[20] On its timeline, Cato claims the website launched January 1, 1995, almost two months prior.[6]
1996 August 19 Domain The socialsecurity.org domain name is registered.[21]
1996 November 11 Domain The libertarianism.org domain name is registered.[22] The website would not launch in its current form until the end of 2011.
1997 June 27 Domain The freetrade.org domain name is registered.[23]
1997 October 21 Domain The cato-university.org domain name is registered.[24] Cato University would launch the following year.
1997 December 2 Social media Cato joins Free-Market.net as a partner for hosting various mailing lists.[25]
1998 Publication Cato Institute first publishes its pocket Constitution. Cato's edition contains the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.[26][27] (Cato's 40-year anniversary timeline claims the first pocket Constitution was published in 2002.)[6]
1998 Cato University launches.[6]
1998 May 26 Domain The elcato.org domain name is registered.[28]
1998 May 29 Website The Cato Institute announces the launch of its Spanish-language website, El Cato en Español.[29]
1999 March 1 Cato Institute files its first amicus curiae at the United States Supreme Court.[6][30]
2001 March 15 Domain The catostore.org domain name is registered.[31] Cato originally owned the domain,[32] buy as of August 30, 2017 it no longer does.
2001–2003 A series of commentaries from the Cato Institute argue against a war in Iraq.[33][34][35][36]
2005 October 7 Domain The cato-unbound.org domain name is registered.[37]
2005 December Periodical The first issue of Cato Unbound, a web-only debate platform of the Cato Institute, is published.[38][6]
2005 December 16 People Cato Institute senior scholar Doug Bandow resigns after it is revealed that he accepted payments from lobbyist Jack Abramoff for writing columns favorable to Abramoff's clients including "the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians".[39][5]:588[40]
2006 May 14 The first Cato Daily Podcast is released.[41][6]
2007 December 27 Domain The downsizinggovernment.org domain name is registered.[42] The website would not launch until 2009.
2008 July 15 Social media The Cato Institute Twitter account, CatoInstitute, is created.[43]
2008 August 12 Social media Cato Institute publishes its first tweet.[6]
2008 September 1 People Robert A. Levy becomes chairman of Cato Institute.[6]
2009 Website Cato Institute launches DownsizingGovernment.org. The website is "designed to help policymakers and the public understand where federal spending goes and how to reform each government department."[6]
2009 September 8 Domain The policemisconduct.net domain name is registered.[44] The site would not launch until mid-2012.
2010 August 23 People Brink Lindsey leaves the Cato Institute for a position at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.[45]
2010 September 15 People Will Wilkinson leaves the Cato Institute.[46][47][48]
2011 April 3 Domain The humanprogress.org domain name is registered.[49] The website would not launch until the beginning of 2014.
2011 October 26 People William A. Niskanen dies. His death raises the issue of what happens to the shares in the corporation he held, which turns into the Koch v. Cato dispute.[50]
2011 November 4 Website Libertarianism.org, a website supported by the Cato Institute, launches.[51]
2012 Cato Institute completes a building expansion and renovation of its Washington, D.C. headquarters.[52]
2012 Publication Cato Institute co-publishes the Index of Freedom in the World.[53]
2012 February 29 Charles and David Koch file a lawsuit in Kansas court over William Niskanen's shares.[54][55] The media begins reporting the following day.[56]
2012 May 1 Website Cato Institute launches PoliceMisconduct.net. The site is "a comprehensive database of media reports on police impropriety".[6]
2012 June 25 Charles and David Koch announce that they are close to settling the lawsuits over ownership of the Cato Institute.[57][58][59]
2012 October People Ed Crane steps down as President and CEO of Cato Institute.[60]
2012 October People John A. Allison IV becomes the President and CEO of Cato Institute.[61]
2013 April 26 Website Walter Olson announces that Overlawyered is now affiliated with the Cato Institute.[62]
2014 January 1 Website Cato Institute launches HumanProgress.org. The website "provides data about the many ways in which the world has become a better place".[6]
2014 October 6 Domain The alt-m.org domain name is registered.[63] Cato's Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, whose blog is hosted at the domain, is also established during this year.[64][6]
2014 December 12 Meeting The inaugural Cato Institute Surveillance Conference takes place.[65][66][67][6]
2015 February 1 Publication The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom by Cato Institute's executive vice president David Boaz is published.[6]
2015 April 1 People Peter Goettler becomes the new President and CEO of Cato Institute.[68][69]
2015 August 1 Publication The first Human Freedom Index is published. The report is co-published by Cato Institute.[6][70]

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Timeline update strategy

It seems like on anniversaries Cato publishes a timeline containing what it thinks are significant events.

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Restated articles of incorporation: Cato Institute" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 28, 2014. Retrieved August 24, 2017. The name of the corporation is CATO INSTITUTE and the name under which the corporation was originally incorporated is The Charles Koch Foundation, Inc. Its original Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Secretary of State of Kansas on December 19, 1974. Under date of December 10, 1975 a change of registered agent was filed. On July 28, 1976 an amendment was filed in the office of the Secretary of State whereby the name of the corporation was changed to Cato Institute. Thereafter, on March 14, 1977 an amendment was filed with the Secretary of State whereby Articles FOURTH and SEVENTH were changed, and on September 9, 1991 the registered agent of the corporation was changed to H. Allan Caldwell. 
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