1904 - Born on the 22nd of January in St. Petersburg.
1920 - Created his first work a pas de deux called La Nuit, for himself and a female student.
1921 - Graduated from the Imperial Theater School with honors.
Married to four of his ballerinas, Tamara Geva, Vera Zorina (1938-46), Maria Tallchief (1946-52) and Tanaquil LeClerc (1952-69).
1923 - Formed a small troupe, the Young Ballet, for which he composed several works in an experimental vein.
1924 - Permitted to leave the newly formed Soviet Union for a tour of "Soviet State Dancers" in Western Europe.
1925 - Balanchine's first substantive effort was Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilèges.
1933 - Balanchine formed Les Ballets.
1936 - Created dances for Ziegfeld Follies.
1938 - Balanchine took several of his dancers to Hollywood.
1941 - Assembled another classical company, American Ballet Caravan, for a five-month good-will tour of South America.
1946 - Formed Ballet Society, presenting to small New York subscription-only audiences such new Balanchine works as The Four Temperaments and Orpheus.
1975 - The Entertainment Hall of Fame in Hollywood inducted Balanchine as a member.
He received the French Légion d'Honneur.
1978 - Balanchine was one of five recipients of the first Kennedy Center Honors.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark also presented him with a Knighthood of the Order of Dannebrog, First Class.
1980 - The National Society of Arts and Letters honored Balanchine with their Gold Medal award, the Austrian government with its Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Letters, First Class, and by the New York Chapter of the American Heart Association with their "Heart of New York" award.
1983 - His last major award Balanchine received--in absentia--was the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
1983 - Balanchine died on 30th of April in New York at the age of 79.
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