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1965 6/18     Phil joins the Warlocks on bass, finalizing the future Grateful Dead lineup  more
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 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
     Dan Healy becomes soundman for Grateful Dead
1968 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
11/23     Tom Constanten joins the band on piano  more
1969      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
1971 2/18     Mickey takes a break from Grateful Dead  more
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
12/31     Donna sits in with Grateful Dead  more
1972 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 3/08     Pigpen dies in Corte Madera, CA at age 27  more
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
10/20     Mickey returns to play farewell with Grateful Dead  more
10/20     Tour hiatus begins following Winterland farewell  more
1976 6/03     Grateful Dead touring resumes  more
     Drumz debut
1978 11/2?     Jerry loses his voice and cancels a tour
1979 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
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
1984      The Deadhead Hour radio program debuts on KFOG San Francisco
10/27     Taping Section established
1985      Jerry is confronted by the rest of the band regarding his drug abuse
     Dick Latvala becomes the official archivist
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      Billboard Top Ten first Grateful Dead listing - Touch of Grey
7/10     Bob Dylan tours with Grateful Dead
9/15     In the Dark goes platinum
1988 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 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
1991      Grateful Dead Comix published
     Grateful Dead become the top-grossing band in the US, with 79 concerts
1992      Grateful Dead donate tie-dyed uniforms to Lithuania's bronze-medal-winning Olympic basketball team
3/??     Bruce leaves the band  more
8/??     Jerry collapses from exhaustion and cancels a tour
1993      Grateful Dead are the highest grossing concert attraction in the US
1994      Soundman Dan Healy leaves the band
1/19     Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the Grateful Dead
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
4/~ goes online
7/09     Soldier Field last Grateful Dead show ever
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
12/08     Grateful Dead put to rest by the remaining personnel
1996 7/04     Dead Red Unwine marketed
1998 ~     Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead stamps issued
8/??     Cumberland Blues stage musical premieres
2001 6/28     Jammys Hall of Fame inducts Grateful Dead
2002 10/02     Jammys Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Grateful Dead
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