Father, Zinovy Zacharovich Rosenbaum, born in Brestlitovsk, Russia (November 18)




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1869

Father, Zinovy Zacharovich Rosenbaum, born in Brestlitovsk, Russia (November 18)

1880

Mother, Anna Borisovna Kaplan, born in St. Petersburg (October 15)

1900

1904

Parents married (May 3)

1905

Born in St. Petersburg (February 2; or, January 20 on the Julian calendar)

1910

1911

Teaches self to read

1912

Family moves to an apartment on Nevsky Prospekt at Znamenskaya Square

1913

Attends first motion picture exhibition in St. Petersburg

1914

Reads first romantic fiction, The Mysterious Valley; decides to become a writer

1917

Witnesses first shots of February revolution

1918

Discovers writings of Victor Hugo
To escape civil war, family moves to Ukraine (fall) and then Yevpatoria, Crimea (spring)

1920

1920

Discovers Aristotle’s works in high school

1921

Graduates from Yevpatoria High School #4 (June 30)
Family returns to Petrograd
Enrolls in Petrograd State University (circa August 24)
Discovers the works of Nietzsche (1921–22)

1924

Discovers Viennese operettas
Graduates from Leningrad State University (October 13)
Enrolls in State Technicum for Screen Arts (October 15)

1925

Pola Negri” pamphlet published in Moscow and Leningrad
Receives permission to leave USSR (October 29)

1926

“Hollywood: American Movie City” pamphlet published in Moscow and Leningrad
Departs Leningrad (January 17)
Sails from Le Havre, France, for America on the De Grasse
(February 10)
Arrives in Manhattan (February 19)
Resides in Chicago with relatives (February–August)
Arrives in Hollywood (September 3)
Hired as movie extra by Cecil B. DeMille (September)
Meets Frank O’Connor on set of The King of Kings (September)

1927

Hired by DeMille as junior screen writer (circa June 11)

1929

Marries Frank O’Connor (April 15)
Hired by RKO wardrobe department

1930

1931

Becomes U.S. citizen (March 13)

1932

Sells “Red Pawn” to Universal Pictures (September 2)

1934

Makes first entry in philosophic journal (April 9)
Writes Ideal
First play, Woman on Trial, opens in Hollywood (October 22)
Moves to New York City (November)

1935

Night of January 16th (formerly, Woman on Trial) opens on Broadway (September 16)
Makes first notes for The Fountainhead (December 4)

1936

We the Living published (April 18)

1938

Anthem published in England (circa May 7)

1939

Receives last communication from parents in USSR (circa January)

1940

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1940

Works for the Wendell Willkie presidential campaign
The Unconquered (We the Living adaptation) opens on Broadway (February 13)

1942

Delivers The Fountainhead manuscript to Bobbs-Merrill (December 31)

1943

The Fountainhead published (May 8)
Begins writing “The Moral Basis of Individualism” (August 18)
Moves to California to write The Fountainhead screenplay (November 25)

1944

Moves into Von Sternberg house designed by Richard Neutra (July)
Writes screenplay for Love Letters (September)

1945

Makes first notes for Atlas Shrugged (January 1)
Guest of Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin East (February 3–4)
The Fountainhead reaches #6 on New York Times best-seller list (August 26)
First installment of “illustrated” Fountainhead begins in Hearst newspapers nationwide (December 24)

1946

First U.S. edition of Anthem published (circa July)

1949

The Fountainhead film opens (June 23)

1950

1951

Moves back to New York City (October 23)

1955

Finishes writing “Galt’s Speech” (October 13)

1957

Finishes writing Atlas Shrugged (March 20)
Atlas Shrugged published (October 10)

1958

Begins teaching fiction writing class (January 18)
Presents first campus talk, at Queens College (March 6)

1960

1960

Delivers first major campus talk, “Faith and Force: Destroyers of the Modern World,” at Yale University (February 17)

1961

For the New Intellectual published (March 24)
Presents first Ford Hall Forum talk, “The Intellectual Bankruptcy of Our Age” (March 26)

1962

First issue of The Objectivist Newsletter published (January)
Nathaniel Branden Institute opens (January)
Weekly column begins in the Los Angeles Times (June 17)

1963

Receives honorary doctorate from Lewis and Clark University (October 2)

1964

The Virtue of Selfishness published (December)

1966

First installment of “Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology” published in The Objectivist (July)

1967

Makes first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (August 16)

1968

Nathaniel Branden Institute closes (May)

1969

Begins teaching nonfiction writing course (March 8)
Witnesses launch of Apollo 11 (July 16)
Presents first epistemology workshop (October 11)

1970

1974

Presents “Philosophy: Who Needs It” talk at West Point (March 6)
Nora Drobysheva (Ayn Rand’s sister) arrives for visit from USSR (April 14)
Attends White House dinner for Alan Greenspan swearing-in (September 4)

1976

Publishes last article in The Ayn Rand Letter (January–February)
Attends White House dinner honoring Malcolm Fraser (July 27)

1977

Ford Hall Forum holds luncheon in her honor (April 10)
Outlines screenplay for Atlas Shrugged television miniseries (September)

1979

Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology published by New American Library (April)
Frank O’Connor dies (November 9)

1980

1981

Delivers last Ford Hall Forum lecture, “The Age of Mediocrity” (April 26)
Delivers last public lecture, “The Sanction of the Victims,” in New Orleans (November 21)

1982

Writes her last page of “Atlas Shrugged” teleplay (January 1)
Dies in New York City (March 6)


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