Timeline Description: Dr. Seuss was one of the most well-known and loved children's writers of all time. His most famous works include The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
|1904||Theordor Geisel is born
Dr. Seuss was born as Theordor Geisel. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
|1921||College life and beyond
As he grew older, Theordor was sent to attend Dartmouth College. While there, Theordor first took on his now famous pen name—Seuss.
|1926||A pen name change
After changing his writing name to Seuss, Theordor eventually changed his name again. This time he added the "doctor" of Dr. Seuss.
|1927||Dr. Seuss gets married
Dr. Seuss was married in 1927. He married a lady named Helen Palmer.
|1928||First published works
Dr. Seuss started out by drawing. His cartoons appeared in magazines and newspapers, then later in books.
|1937||A book of his own
While his first book illustrations appeared in 1931, Dr. Seuss had his own children's book published in 1937. The book was And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
|1939||World War II begins
Tensions between countries in Europe broke out into World War II. America would join the war two years later.
|1943||Dr. Seuss joins the army
Dr. Seuss joined the United States Army in 1943. He served until 1946, participating in the Motion Pictures Unit.
|1954||A best seller
Horton Hears a Who came out in 1954, and it has lived on for decades. During the same year, Brown vs. the Board of Education
|1957||A year of successes
Dr. Seuss published two of his biggest hits: The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He also became president of his publishing company Beginner Books.
|1960||More big hits
The Beginner Books success continued when Dr. Seuss published Green Eggs and Ham. He also published One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish during this time.
|1966||A television debut
After the success of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, it was optioned for film. The television special aired on TV for the first time ever.
|1967||A time of change(1967-68)
Dr. Seuss' wife, Helen, died in 1967. He met and married Audrey Dimond in 1968.
|1971||A year of awards
Dr. Seuss' literature became a smashing success in the children's book world. He was awarded the Peabody Award for his television specials as well as the First Outstanding Author Award.
|1981||Dr. Seuss Day(1981-1991)
Because of his enormous success and contribution to the world of children's literacy, Dr. Seuss' 77th birthday was declared Dr. Seuss Day and is still celebrated today. Dr. Seuss went on to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1984, and he passed away in 1991 at the age of 87.