1931 - Ailey was born 5th of January in Rogers, Texas.
1945 - Attended the dance classes held by choreoghrapher Katherine Dunham and took dancing lessons under Lester Horton while studying in college.
1953 - When Horton died, Ailey became the director and resident choreographer for the Lester Horton Dance Theater. He was able to choreographed three original dances for Horton's company namely: "Creation of the World", "According to St. Francis", and "Mourning Morning".
1954 - Made his Broadway debut in Truman Capote's "House of Flowers".
1958 - Founded The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater which features african-american dancers.
1964 - Directed the Langston Hughes's Jericho-Jim Crow.
1979 - Received the Spingarin Medal of the NACCP award.
1989 - Died 1st of December at the age of 57 after acquiring AIDS.
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