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1926 2/08     Neal Cassady is born in Denver, CO
1931 1/08     Wolfgang Grajonza (Bill Graham) is born in Berlin, Germany
1935 9/17     Ken Kesey is born in La Junta, CO
1940 3/15     Phillip Chapman Lesh is born in Berkeley, CA
1941 6/23     Robert Hunter is born in Arroyo Grande, CA
1942 8/01     Jerome John Garcia is born in San Francisco
1943 9/11     Michael (Mickey) Hart is born in Brooklyn, NY
1944 3/19     Tom Constanten is born in Long Branch, NJ
~     Phil gets turned on to Brahms First Symphony at age 4
1945 ~     Mickey entertains his parents with drums at age 2
8/22     Donna Jean Thatcher is born in Muscle Shoals, AL
9/08     Ron McKernan is born in San Bruno, CA
1946 5/07     Bill Kreutzmann is born in Palo Alto, CA
1947 10/03     John Perry Barlow is born in Jackson Hole, WY
10/16     Robert Hall Weir is born in Atherton, CA
1948      Jerry loses a fingertip in a wood-chopping accident at age 5  more
     Jerry's father drowns while on a camping trip
~     Phil takes up the violin at age 8
7/19     Keith Godchaux is born in Concord, CA
1949 ~     Jerry takes piano lessons
1951 2/21     Vince Welnick is born in Phoenix, AZ
1952 10/21     Brent Mydland is born in Munich, West Germany
1954 ~     Phil takes up the trumpet at age 14
~     Bill keeps the beat for his mother's dance class at age 8
11/25     Bruce Hornsby is born in Williamsburg, VA
1957 ~     Bill is kicked out of the orchestra in 6th grade for not keeping time
8/??     Jerry starts playing guitar at age 15
1958 ~     Bill takes private drum lessons at age 12
1959      Ken Kesey tests legal LSD at a Palo Alto clinic
     San Mateo College Jazz Band formed
~     Jerry joins the Army at age 17
1960 4/~     Hunter meets Jerry at Commedia Theater in Palo Alto
     Mickey drops out of high school and joins the Air Force
~     Jerry is thrown from a rolling car in an accident, breaking his collarbone  more
~     Legends are joined by Bill at YMCA dances
~     Southern Comfort joined by Donna
1961      Bob & Jerry formed
     Garcia, Hunter & Albin formed
~     Jerry Garcia and Friends formed
7/~     Garcia, Leicester & Hunter formed
11/~     Jerry Garcia formed
1962 ~     John Barlow meets Bobby at prep school
     Asphalt Jungle Boys formed
     Pigpen meets Jerry on the San Mateo Peninsula coffeehouse circuit
~     Bill hears Jerry, Pigpen, & Hunter play at the Tangent in Palo Alto
     Bill meets Jerry at Dana Morgan's music store in Palo Alto
     Jerry starts playing banjo, purchased from Bill
~     Tom Constanten meets Phil
     Phil and Tom study with avant-garde classical composer Luciano Berio
     Phil hears Jerry play at a party at the Chateau
6/~     Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers formed
~     The Uncalled Four formed
10/??     Bobby meets Jerry backstage at the Tangent in Palo Alto
11/~     Jerry Garcia & David Nelson formed
11/~     Hart Valley Drifters formed
12/~     Thunder Mountain Tub Thumpers formed
12/31     Bobby jams with Jerry at Dana Morgan's music store
1963 2/~     The Wildwood Boys formed
5/~     Jerry & Sarah formed
7/~     The Merry Pranksters formed
     The Second Story Men formed
     Zodiacs formed
1964      Hunter tests LSD in government-run tests at Stanford
     Furthur bus goes On The Road with Neal Cassady at the wheel
3/~     Black Mountain Boys formed
5/~     Phil Lesh and Tom Constanten formed
     Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions formed
~     David Grisman meets Jerry on a bluegrass quest in West Grove, PA
1965 4/??     Warlocks formed
5/05     Magoo's Pizza Parlor first paid Warlocks gig
6/0?     Phil takes up the bass 2 weeks before his first gig with Warlocks
6/18     Phil joins the Warlocks on bass, finalizing the future Grateful Dead lineup  more
11/06     Warlocks meet Bill Graham at a Family Dog benefit for the Mime Troupe
12/01     Acid Tests organizer Ken Kesey enlists Warlocks as house band
12/0?     Grateful Dead founded in San Francisco
12/04     San Jose Acid Test first Grateful Dead show
1966 1/??     Ken Kesey is busted
2/11     Owsley meets Grateful Dead formally at The Fillmore and soon becomes soundman  more
2/??     Hunter writes his first lyrics for Grateful Dead
6/??     Soundman Dan Healy meets Grateful Dead at The Fillmore
9/??     710 Ashbury Street becomes the band's residence
10/??     Owsley leaves soundman position with Grateful Dead
1967 9/29     Mickey joins the band on drums & percussion  more
10/02     Busted in marijuana raid at 710 Ashbury Street
     Mickey meets Bill at a Dead show at the Fillmore
     Mickey becomes Bill's drum teacher, using hypnosis to get him to practice more
     Dan Healy becomes soundman for Grateful Dead
1968 2/03     Neal Cassady dies in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico at age 41
3/08     Fillmore East opens in NYC
3/??     Who's Who In America lists Grateful Dead
3/??     Grateful Dead move out of 710 Ashbury in San Francisco
6/0~     Dan Healy leaves to do sound for Quicksilver
7/??     Owsley takes over sound again for Grateful Dead
10/08     Mickey and the Hartbeats formed
11/23     Tom Constanten joins the band on piano  more
1969 6/~     New Riders of the Purple Sage formed
     Bobby Ace and the Cards from the Bottom of the Deck formed
     Merl Saunders meets Jerry
     Bill Graham books Grateful Dead throughout the country
1970      Grateful Dead manager Lenny Hart takes off with $70,000 in proceeds
1/??     Busted down on Bourbon Street, New Orleans
1/30     Tom leaves the band  more
2/??     Owsley leaves soundman position after bust
5/18     Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales formed
9/20     David Grisman sits in with the Dead at the Fillmore East
9/~     Jerry Garcia & Friends formed
~     Incredible String Band joined by Tom Constanten
~     Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra formed
1971      Barlow writes his first lyrics for the Dead
2/18     Mickey takes a break from Grateful Dead  more
2/~     Garcia/Saunders formed
8/26     Pigpen takes a break from touring for health reasons  more
10/19     Keith joins the band on keyboards  more
12/01     Pigpen returns to touring  more
12/??     Dan Healy rejoins the Dead as soundman
12/31     Donna sits in with Grateful Dead  more
1972      John Kahn meets Jerry at a Monday night session at the Matrix
     The Tubes formed
3/25     Donna joins the band on vocals  more
5/26     Pigpen sings for the last time, in London
6/17     Pigpen leaves the band due to declining health  more
1973 3/02     Old & In The Way formed
3/08     Pigpen dies in Corte Madera, CA at age 27  more
8/~     Jerry gets a year's probation in NJ for LSD, marijuana, and cocaine
9/11     Bruce attends Grateful Dead shows at William and Mary College
1974      Phil stops singing due to vocal chord damage from singing above his natural range
3/23     Wall of Sound full system debuts
4/20     Great American String Band formed
7/~     Legion of Mary formed
10/20     Mickey returns to play farewell with Grateful Dead  more
10/20     Tour hiatus begins following Winterland farewell  more
11/08     Kingfish joined by Bob
1975 4/??     Diga Rhythm Band formed
8/05     Jerry Garcia Band formed
8/20     Keith and Donna Band formed
     Too Loose To Truck formed
~     Silver joined by Brent
~     Robert Hunter formed
1976 6/03     Grateful Dead touring resumes  more
     Drumz debut
     Roadhog formed
1977 ~     Bob Weir Band formed
     Comfort formed
1978 11/2?     Jerry loses his voice and cancels a tour
     Bobby and the Midnites formed
1979 1/30     Reconstruction formed
2/17     Keith and Donna's last show with Grateful Dead  more
4/22     Brent joins the band on keyboards  more
     The Beast percussion set becomes a concert standard
~     Ghosts are joined by Keith and Donna
1980 7/23     Keith dies in a car accident in Marin County, CA at age 32
1982 ~     Phil resumes singing, now in his natural range
4/21     Garcia/Kahn formed
8/13     Dinosaurs formed
1983      Rex Foundation founded
1984      Billy Kreutzmann's All-Stars formed
     Zero formed
     The Deadhead Hour radio program debuts on KFOG San Francisco
10/27     Taping Section established
1985 1/??     Jerry is busted for heroin and cocaine possession in Golden Gate Park
     Jerry enters drug treatment program
     Jerry is confronted by the rest of the band regarding his drug abuse
     Dick Latvala becomes the official archivist
~     Go Ahead formed
     Bruce Hornsby and the Range formed
1986 7/10     Jerry lapses into a near-fatal diabetic coma for 5 days  more
12/15     Grateful Dead return to performing 5 months after Jerry emerges from coma  more
1987      Cherry Garcia ice cream introduced by Ben & Jerry's
     Billboard Top Ten first Grateful Dead listing - Touch of Grey
2/2?     The Way It Is wins Bruce a Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1986
7/10     Bob Dylan tours with Grateful Dead
8/29     Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band formed
9/15     In the Dark goes platinum
1988      Jerry becomes a certified SCUBA diver, partially replacing drug use
6/25     Bruce opens for and jams with Grateful Dead in Ohio
1989      Forbes lists Grateful Dead amongst top-grossing US entertainers
     Grateful Dead third in concert grosses behind the Rolling Stones and The Who
10/08     Formerly the Warlocks play 2 nights at Hampton Coliseum, VA
1990      Electronic Frontier Foundation founded
2/2?     The Valley Road wins Bruce & Nitty Gritty Dirt Band a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Recording of 1989
7/26     Brent dies of a drug overdose in Lafayette, CA at age 37  more
9/07     Vince joins the band on keyboards  more
9/15     Bruce joins the band as a regular guest on keyboards  more
12/0?     25th anniversary of founding of the Grateful Dead
12/17     Garcia/Grisman formed
1991      Grateful Dead Comix published
~     Planet Drum formed
     Grateful Dead become the top-grossing band in the US, with 79 concerts
~     Affordables formed
6/~     Mickey addresses the US Senate on music therapy for the aged
10/25     Bill Graham dies in a helicopter accident near Vallejo, CA at age 60
1992      Grateful Dead donate tie-dyed uniforms to Lithuania's bronze-medal-winning Olympic basketball team
~     Vortex formed
2/25     Planet Drum wins Mickey a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album of 1991
3/??     Bruce leaves the band  more
7/??     J. Garcia ties marketed
8/??     Jerry collapses from exhaustion and cancels a tour
1993      Grateful Dead are the highest grossing concert attraction in the US
~     Dead Ringers formed
1994      Soundman Dan Healy leaves the band
~     The Valentines formed
~     Second Sight formed
1/19     Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the Grateful Dead
2/2?     Barcelona Mona wins Bruce and Branford a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance of 1993
5/15     Phil guest conducts the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
9/~     Phil Lesh & Friends formed
1995      Grateful Dead among top-grossing artists in North American venues  more
     Grateful Dead among top-grossing artists in North American tours 1985-1995  more
     Jerry receives a death threat
4/~     dead.net goes online
4/22     Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman formed
7/09     Soldier Field last Grateful Dead show ever
8/05     Ratdog formed
8/09     Jerry dies in Forest Knolls, CA at age 53
8/13     Jerry is celebrated by family and 25,000 friends in Golden Gate Park
11/07     Garcia asteroid named
12/08     Grateful Dead put to rest by the remaining personnel
1996 5/30     John Kahn dies in Mill Valley, CA
5/~     Mickey Hart's Mystery Box formed
6/20     Furthur Festival debut
7/04     Dead Red Unwine marketed
10/11     Missing Man Formation formed
     Dose Hermanos formed
1997      Backbone formed
11/~     Broken Angels formed
1998 ~     Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead stamps issued
6/05     The Other Ones formed
8/??     Cumberland Blues stage musical premieres
12/??     Phil gets a liver transplant
1999 4/15     Phil returns to performing
8/06     Dick Latvala dies following a heart attack at age 56
2000 5/~     Mickey Hart Band formed
8/2?     Bill returns to touring, with Furthur Festival
     Madame Tussaud's New York wax museum displays a likeness of Jerry
2001 6/28     Jammys Hall of Fame inducts Grateful Dead
10/28     Mickey Hart and Bembe Orisha formed
11/10     Ken Kesey dies of liver cancer complications at age 66  more
12/31     Bob, Phil, Bill & Mickey play together for the first time since 1995
2002 10/02     Jammys Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Grateful Dead
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