1532 – Allen was born in Fleetwood, Lancashire.
1547 – Attended Oriel College in Oxford at the age of fifteen.
1550 – Earned his degree from Oriel College and was elected Fellow of the College.
1554 – Earned his Master of Arts degree.
1556 – Worked as a principal St Mary Hall and proctor.
1568 – Founded the English College in Douai on the 29th of September.
1575 – Helped Pope Gregory XIII to found another English college in Rome.
1576 – Pope Gregory XIII appointed Allen to a canonry in Kortrijk.
1580 – Organized the first Jesuit missions to England.
1587 – Became a cardinal on the 7th of August by Pope Sixtus V.
1588 – The title Librarian of Holy Roman Church was given by Pope Gregory XIV.
1589 – Co-operated in establishing a new college at Vallodolid, Spain.
1594 – Died in Rome on the 16th of October.