1920 – He was born on the 2nd day of January this year in Petrovichi, USSR.
1930 – He had been publishing short stories since the late part of this year.
1952 – He published his first novel.
1958 – He taught biochemistry at Boston University until he retired this year to become a full-time writer.
1983 – He contracted from a transfusion of tainted blood during his December triple-bypass operation.
1992 – He died on the 6th day of April this year because of AIDS.