The Indian-born novelist Salman Rushdie spent years in hiding after he was ordered killed by Iran in 1989 because of his writing.
On Friday, Rushdie was attacked and apparently stabbed in the neck as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.
He is alive and still in surgery, according to the state police.
After the publication of Rushdie's 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, Khomeini deemed it blasphemous to Islam, here is a timeline of all that followed the death edict or fatwa issued by Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
On February 12, 1989 : At least six people are killed in the Pakistani city of Islamabad in a shooting between police and gunmen in a crowd protesting the sale of the novel in the United States.
February 14, 1989: The Fatwa. Khomeini wants all Muslims to kill Rushdie.
February 24, 1989 : Twelve people are killed in Mumbai when police open fire to stop a crowd of 10,000 protesters marching on the British High Commission.
May 27, 1989 : Pro-Iranian and pro-Iraqi factions clash when 30,000 Muslim demonstrators gather outside the British parliament.
September 14, 1989 : Four bombs are planted outside bookshops in Britain owned by Penguin, publisher of The Satanic Verses.
July 3, 1991 : Ettore Capriolo, Italian translator of The Satanic Verses, is attacked by a man who says he is Iranian and beaten with a knife in his Milan flat.
July 12, 1991 : Japanese translator Hitoshi Igarashi is stabbed by an attacker who fleds to death in Tokyo.
September 7, 1995 : Rushdie appears in London in his first public appearance since the fatwa was issued after six years under police protection and living in safe houses.
Eight years after it first offered a reward, the Iranian revolutionary 15th Khordad Foundation increases the bounty on Rushdie's head to US 2.5 million $3.5 million September 22, 1998: Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi tells British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook at the United Nations in New York that Iran will not take any action to threaten Rushdie's life, nor encourage anyone else to do so.
September 28, 1998: Iranian media say three Iranian clerics have called for Islamic followers to kill Rushdie under the fatwa.
Some 160 members of Iran's parliament say the death decree against Rushdie remains valid.
On October 10, 1998: A hardline Iranian student group sets a one billion rial then US 333,000 bounty on the head of Rushdie.
February 3, 1999 : Mumbai-born Rushdie is granted a visa by the Indian government to visit his country of birth, triggering protests by Muslims.
June 15, 2007 : Rushdie is awarded a knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth for services to literature, prompting diplomatic protests from Pakistan and Iran and demonstrations in Pakistan and Malaysia.
Rushdie cancels plans to attend a major literature festival in Jaipur, India on January 20, 2012, after protests from some Indian Muslim groups.
September 16, 2012 : An Iranian religious foundation raises its bounty for killing Rushdie to US 3.3 million.
Rushdie wins the annual PEN Pinter Prize for his support for freedom of speech and what judges call his generous help to other writers.
October 13, 2015 : Rushdie warns of new dangers to freedom of speech in the West amid tight security at Frankfurt Book Fair. The Iranian Ministry of Culture canceled its national stand at the fair because of Rushdie's appearance.
February 22, 2016: Iranian state-run media outlets add US 600,000 to a bounty for the killing of Rushdie.
Rushdie is made a Companion of Honour on the British Queen's annual birthday honours on June 1, 2022.
August 12, 2022 : Rushdie is attacked on stage at a literary event in Chautauqua, western New York, and is flown by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment.