Feb. 28-March 6
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms officers attempt to serve an arrest warrant on Branch Davidian cult leader Vernon Howell, as well as a search warrant for illegal weapons, but are repelled by heavy firepower. Four agents and two cult members are killed, while 16 agents and three cultists are injured.
- About 110 cult members hole up inside the compound. One cultist is arrested.
- Names of dead ATF officers are released.
- FBI officials take control of the operation.
- Howell allows 21 children and two women to leave the compound.
- ATF officers raid a local machine shop suspected as a front operation where Howell followers purchased weaponry.
- The state orders all but three of the 21 children released from the compound to remain in temporary state custody. Three children are released to their father in South Dakota.
- Two cult women are released from jail on bond.
- ATF agents arrest Woodrow Kendrick in Waco and charge him with attempted murder of a federal agent, because of alleged involvement in the Feb. 28 firefight.
- FBI agents identify two of the dead cultists and release names of injured cultists.
- ATF agents announce they are looking for cultist Paul Fatta, who has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture and possess unregistered firearms.
- Cultists Kathy Schroeder and Oliver Gyarfus come out of the compound.
- Federal agents turn bright lights on the Branch Davidian compound in what a government spokesman calls a tactical maneuver.
- FBI spokesman said cult members Wayne Martin and Steve Schneider stepped out of the compound for an hour-long, face-to-face meeting with FBI officials Monday night.
- Two male cultists leave the compound around 8:30 p.m.
- Agents deliver a package to cultists. In it are audio tapes, letters from attorneys for the cultists, and several magazines with articles about Howell.
- FBI indicates Howell may have received his sign from the heavens, in the way of a celestial sighting.
Sunday, March 21
- Seven people leave the Branch Davidian compound. One woman is taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, where she is being treated for pre-existing heart condition.
Monday, March 22
- Federal agents begin using tanks to uproot trees near the compound to clear the view.
- Agents use their loudspeaker system to play mediation chants by Tibetan monks, followers of the Dalai Lama, as a psychological ploy.
- Eight of the nine cultists who have come out of the compound since Friday are ordered held as material witnesses by U.S. Magistrate Dennis Green. The ninth remains hospitalized.