1918 – Born on the 29th of March in Southampton County, Virginia, to Rev. Joseph & Ella Mae Bailey.
1933 – Began as a dancer and won an amateur contest in Philadelphia.
1938 – She won a singing contest at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.
1946 – Starred in the Broadway musical St Louis Woman.
1952 – Married the drummer-bandleader Louis Bellson.
1954 – Appeared in many films, television, and stage shows, including Carmen Jones.
1967-1969 – Hello, Dolly.
1968 – Her autobiography, The Raw Pearl, was published in this year.
1970-1971 – Hosted her own television variety show.
1988 – Awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom on 17th of October.
1990 – Pearl Bailey died on 17th of August due to heart failure.