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Born in LaBarre, France, on Earth.
2322 Applied to Starfleet Academy for the first time and was rejected.
2323 Admitted to Starfleet Academy.
2327 Graduated Starfleet Academy.
2333 Assumes command of the Constellation class USS Stargazer.
2355 Participates in the Battle of Maxia against a Ferengi vessel. Picard invents a new tactical ploy to win the battle, later dubbed the "Picard Manoeuvre".
2364 Assumes command of the USS Enterprise-D. First mission as captain involves contact with the Q.
2366 Captured by the Borg and forced to become a member of the Borg collective. Picard manages to relay information to the crew of the Enterprise-D which allows the Borg to be defeated.
2367 Prevents an attempt by the Romulans to take over the Klingon Empire.
2369 Defeats the second Borg invasion of the Federation.
Discovers an ancient message left by the first Humanoid beings in our galaxy.
2371 Enterprise-D is destroyed in the Veridian system.
2372 Assigned command of the Enterprise-E. 
2373 Travels back in time to 2063 in order to defeat an attempt to the Borg to create an alternate timeline in which the Federation is never created.

Notes : Perhaps the most renowned starfleet officer currently serving, Jean Luc Picard has a Starfleet career stretching back for over half a century. Although he failed to gain entry to Starfleet Academy on his first attempt, he subsequently became one of the most outstanding Cadets in his year group. Graduating in 2327, Picard rose to Captain within six years - making him one of the youngest ever to attain the position. Picard remained in command of the Stargazer for twenty two years, the longest continuous Captaincy on record. The Stargazer itself was seriously damaged in a battle with an unknown enemy vessel, later discovered to be a Ferengi ship, in 2355. Picard managed to destroy the enemy ship, but was forced to abandon the Stargazer. His actions during the battle where called into question by Starfleet prosecutor Phillipa Louvois, but he was exonerated by the inquiry board.

In 2364 Picard was assigned command of the newly commissioned Starship Enterprise-D, the most prestigious captaincy in Starfleet. He commanded the ship for seven years, participating in many important missions. Included amongst these where the defeat of the Borg invasions of 2366 and 2369 and Picards command of the fleet which blockaded the Klingon-Romulan border during the Klingon civil war.

The Enterprise-D was destroyed in 2371 by a Klingon Bird of Prey. Picard and his officers where subsequently cleared of any blame in loss, and picard was offered command of the Sovereign class USS Enterprise-E. He appointed the Enterprise-D's entire senior staff to the ship, along with as many of the officers and crew as was practical. After a one year shakedown cruise, the Enterprise-E's first mission involved yet another Borg attack; Picard was instrumental in defeating both the main invasion and an attempt by the Borg to prevent the formation of the Federation by altering history.

Picard continues in command of the Enterprise-E.

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