1848 – Born on March 31st in New York City. Newspaper owner and politician.
– He founded Waldorf Hotel in New York City.
1877-1879 – He won a seat in the New York State Assembly and a seat in the New York State Senate.
– Astor had married Mary Dahlgren Paul and the couple had five children.
1882 – Was the United States Minister to Italy.
– Astor received a reprieve from the press in the form of an appointment by President Chester Arthur to serve as the minister to Italy.
1884-1889 – Astor tried his hand at writing, producing two novels—Valentino and Sforza: A Story of Milan. Neither literary effort was well received.
1890 – He emigrated to England.
1892-1893 – He bought the Pall Mall Gazette, a daily newspaper, and later bought the London weekly, The Observer. He published Pall Mall Magazine, a literary publication, for a number of years.
1917 – He became the 1st Viscount Astor of Hever Castle.
1919 – Astor died of heart failure on October 18th, in Brighton, England.