SEPTEMBER 1968 Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, joins the New York Black Panther party at age 22.
APRIL 1969 Afeni is arrested and charged with conspiracy to bomb several public areas in New York City. While out on bail, Afeni courts two men: Legs, a local hood, and Billy, a member of the party.
FEBRUARY l97l Afeni, pregnant with Tupac, has her bail revoked; she's sent to the Women's House of Detention in Greenwich Village.
JUNE 16, 1971 Shortly after his mom is acquitted on bombing charges, Tupac Amaru Shakur is born in New York. Tupac Amaru are Inca words meaning "shining serpent". Shakur Is Arabic for "thankful to God".
1975-1983 Tupac's family shuttles between the Bronx and Harlem, at times living in shelters.
1983 Legs comes to live with the Shakur family; Tupac "claims" him as his father. Legs introduces Afeni to crack.
SEPTEMBER 1983 Afeni enrolls 12-year-old Tupac in the 127th Street Ensemble, a Harlem theater group. In his 1st performance, Tupac plays Travis in A Raisin in the Sun.
JUNE 1986 Shakur's family moves to Baltimore. As MC New York, Tupac writes his first rap.
SEPTEMBER 1986 Tupac enrolls at the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studies ballet and acting.
JUNE 1988 Tupac and his family move to Marin City, California. "Leaving that school affected me so much," he said later. "I see that as the point where I got off track." Shortly after, Tupac moves in with a neighbor and begins selling drugs. One result of this change was the fact that Tupac never finished high school.
AUGUST 1988 Mutulu Shakur, Tupac's stepfather, is sentenced to 60 years in prison for his involvement in a 1981 armored-car robbery.
1990 Tupac joins Digital Underground as a roadie/dancer/rapper. While on tour, he learns that his mother is using crack.
JANUARY 3, 1991 As a member of the Grammy-nominated group Digital Underground, Tupac makes his recording debut and appears on the track "Same Song" from This is an EP Release and on the album Sons Of The P..
NOVEMBER 12, 1991 2Pacalypse Now is released which spawned the successful singles "Trapped" and "Brenda's Got A Baby". Shortly thereafter, Tupac files a $10 million lawsuit against the Oakland police for alleged brutality following an arrest for jaywalking.
JANUARY 17, 1992 Tupac makes his big-screen debut in Ernest Dickerson's Juice, earning praise for his portrayal of Bishop. He is perhaps best remembered for the line "I am crazy, and I don't give a fuck!"
APRIL 11, 1992 Ronald Ray Howard, 19, shoots a Texas trooper. Howard's attorney claims 2Pacalypse Now, which was in his client's tape deck, incited him to kill the trooper.
AUGUST 22, 1992 Tupac has an altercation with old acquaintances in Marin City. A 6-year-old bystander is shot in the head. Tupac's half brother, Maurice Handing, is arrested but released later due to a lack of evidence.
SEPTEMBER 22, 1992 Tupac is denounced by Vice President Dan Quayle, who says 2Pacalypse, "has no place in our society".
FEBRUARY 1, 1993 Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.. is released and eventually goes platinum. Tupac was nominated for an American Music Award as best new rap hip hop artist.
MARCH 13, 1993 Tupac has a fight with a limo driver in Hollywood who accuses him of using drugs in the car. Tupac's arrested, but the charges are later dropped.
APRIL 5, 1993 Tupac is arrested in Lansing, Michigan, for taking a swing at a local rapper with a baseball bat during a concert. He's sentenced to 10 days in jail.
JULY 23, 1993 John Singleton's Poetic Justice, starring Tupac and Janet Jackson, is released in which Tupac let everybody see his other side. Before filming began, however, Jackson demanded Shakur take an HIV test prior the filming of any kissing scenes.
OCTOBER 31, 1993 Tupac is arrested for allegedly shooting 2 off-duty Atlanta police officers who he says were harassing a black motorist. Charges are eventually dropped.
NOVEMBER 18, 1993 A 19-year-old woman, whom Tupac picked up 4 days earlier in a New York nightclub, is allegedly sodomized and sexually abused by Tupac and 3 friends.
DECEMBER 1993 John Singleton is forced by Columbia Pictures to drop the rapper from the cast of his upcoming film, Higher Learning.
MARCH 1O, l994 Tupac is sentenced to 15 days in a Los Angeles jail for punching out director Alien Hughes. Hughes and his brother, Albert, had dropped Tupac from Menace II Society.
MARCH 23, 1994 As a result of the trial of sexual assault, Tupac was sentenced to 1.5 to 4.5 years in prison. Tupac served 8 months of the sentence. While he was doing time in prison, Tupac had permission to play in the basketball drama Above The Rim in which Tupac stars as Birdie, a troubled drug dealer. The soundtrack album, featuring the song "Pour Out a Little Liquor" recorded by Tupac's group, Thug Life sells 2 million copies.
SEPTEMBER 7, 1994 Two Milwaukee teens murder a police officer and cite Tupac's "Souljah's Story" as their inspiration.
NOVEMBER 30, 1994 While on trial for sex and weapons charges, Tupac is shot 5 times and robbed of $40,000 worth of jewelry in the lobby of a Times Square recording studio. Tupac checks himself out of the hospital less than 3 hours after surgery. The case remains unsolved.
DECEMBER 1, 1994 1 day after being shot, Tupac is acquitted of sodomy and weapons charges, but is found guilty of sexual abuse.
FEBRUARY 14, 1995 Tupac is sentenced to up to 4.5 years and immediately begins serving his jail time in New York's Rikers Island penitentiary.
APRIL 1, 1995 While he's incarcerated, Tupac's 3rd album, Me Against the World, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's pop chart. Fueled by the single "Dear Mama", the album goes double platinum in 7 months.
APRIL 1995 In a VIBE interview from jail, Tupac renounces his "Thug Life" persona and commits himself to positive works. He also implicates Biggie Smalls, Puffy Combs, Andre Harrell, his close friend Stretch, and others in the recording studio ambush.
AUGUST l995 Biggie, Puffy, and Harrell tell VIBE they had no connection to Tupac's shooting.
OCTOBER 1995 Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight posts $1.4 million bond to release Tupac, who immediately flies to L.A., signs with Death Row Records, and begins recording All Eyez on Me.
NOVEMBER 30, 1995 Exactly 1 year after Tupac's shooting, Randy "Stretch" Walker is murdered execution-style in Queens.
FEBRUARY 1996 In VIBE, Tupac suggests he's been sleeping with Biggie's wife, Faith Evans. Faith denies the stories.
FEBRUARY 13, 1996 Tupac's Death Row debut, All Eyez on Me - rap's 1st double CD - is released. The song "How Do You Want It" and "California Love" was a top 20 single on Billboard magazine's charts. Acted as a detective in Orion's urban crime thriller Gang Related which was scheduled to be released in the summer of 1997.
MARCH 29, 1996 Words are exchanged and a gun is pulled when Death Row and Bad Boy employees face off after the Soul Train awards in L.A.
APRIL 25, 1996 All Eyez on Me goes quintuple platinum.
MAY 1996 Tupac and Snoop Doggy Dogg release "2 of America's Most Wanted". In the video, caricatures of Biggie and Puffy are punished for setting up Tupac.
JUNE 4, 1996 Death Row releases Tupac's "Hit'Em Up", a brutal diatribe against Biggie, Bad Boy, Mobb Deep, and others.
SEPTEMBER 4, 1996 Tupac returns to N.Y. for the MTV Music Video Awards and gets into a scuffle.
SEPTEMBER 7, 1996 After leaving the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldom fight in Las Vegas on their way to Suge's Club 662 in Suge Knight's car, Shakur is shot 4 times in the chest by an assailant in a white Cadillac. Knight, who has connections with the Bloods, escapes with a minor injury. Shakur is rushed to University Medical Center, where he undergoes surgery, including the removal of his right lung.
SEPTEMBER 11, 1996 A Compton man who police say is associated with the L.A. Crips is shot to death while sitting in his car, the 1st in a series of gang-related murders. Police begin investigating possible connections to Tupac's shooting.
SEPTEMBER 13, 1996 After 6 days in critical condition, Tupac Shakur is pronounced dead at 4:03 p.m. His body is later cremated. He was 25.
NOVEMBER 5, 1997 Makaveli album, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, released.