Dr. Seuss Timeline
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.

Date Event
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.