Bob Dylan, whose force was evident during his height of popularity in the '60s, was born on this day.
Robert Zimmerman, later to become Bob Dylan, was Bar Mitzvahed in Hibbing, Minnesota. With over 400 in attendance, it was said to have been the largest Bar Mitzvah that Hibbing had ever seen (mainly due to his parents' prominence in the Jewish community).
In New York, Bob Dylan made his first recording, taping 'San Francisco Bay Blues'.
Bob Dylan played his first major gig in New York City, opening for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City.
Bob Dylan debuted at the Gaslight Cafe in New York City.
Bob Dylan played harmonica for the recording of Caroline Hester's first Columbia album.
Bob Dylan made his concert hall debut in New York City. The show was seen by 50 people who paid two dollars each.
Bob Dylan begins recording self-titled debut album.
Bob Dylan finishes recording 'Bob Dylan', his first album. He was 20 years old when he did the recording for Columbia Records. The cost to produce the session was $400.
Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan.
Bob Dylan plays the Hootenany showcase at Carnegie Hall.
'The New York Times' ran the story 'Bob Dylan: A Distinctive Folk Song Stylist' after a concert at Carnegie Hall.
Bob Dylan performed in a radio play for the BBC in London. The play was called, 'The Madhouse of Castle Street' and he played a folk singer.
'The Great White Wonder' first appears in a record store in Los Angeles, CA. The 'bootleg' of Bob Dylan songs is believed to be the first bootleg album.
Bob Dylan and Joan Baez performed on stage together for the first time.
Bob Dylan's first electric album 'Bring it All Back Home' was released.
Bob Dylan and Donovan (his British 'answer') both made singles chart debuts with, respectively, 'The Times, They are A Changin'' and 'Catch The Wind'.
Bob Dylan began his first British tour.
Bob Dylan displaces himself at #1 with 'Bringing It All Back Home'. The fifth album topped the UK chart replacing his second album, 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'.
Bob Dylan recorded 'Like a Rolling Stone.'
Bob Dylan, the noted protest singer of the first half of the 60's, was booed by the large audience at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. His desire to change, as evidenced by his use of Paul Butterfield's Blues Band as a backing group, was not appreciated by the traditionalists among the festival audience.
Bob Dylan's second electric album, 'Highway 61 Revisited,' was released.
Bob Dylan and Sara Lowndes were married.
Bob Dylan suffered neck injuries in a serious motorcycle accident that took place near his home in Woodstock, NY.
Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan had a recording session in Nashville, TN. 'Girl from the North Country' was the only duet released from the session.
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash taped an ABC TV Special at Nashville's Grand Ole Oprey.
Bob Dylan made his first paid appearance at England's Isle of Wight Pop Festival since his motorcycle accident three years earlier.
Bob Dylan recorded the song 'George Jackson'.
Bob Dylan's book 'Tarantula' was published by Bantam Books.
Bob Dylan visited the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem on his 30th birthday.
Bob Dylan began taking ticket requests by mail. Over 658,000 tickets were sold.
Bob Dylan made his first New York concert performance in eight years at Madison Square Garden.
Bob Dylan ended his triumphant US tour with The Band by playing a concert at the Forum in Los Angeles.
Sara Lowndes Dylan filed for a divorce from Bob Dylan.
'Slow Train Coming', Bob Dylan's testament to Christianity, is released.
Bob Dylan released the album 'Slow Train Coming'. It was his first religiously-themed album.
Bob Dylan began a US tour in San Francisco, promoting his first religious album, 'Slow Train Coming'.
Bob Dylan released his album 'Saved'.
At New York's Whitney Museum, an exhibition opened celebrating Bob Dylan's 25 years in the music industry.
Bob Dylan was named Commander in France's Order of Arts and Letters by the country's Culture Ministry.
Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary Pulitzer for 'profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.'