1862 – Born on the 27th of May in Yonkers, New York City.
1880-1883 – Went to Columbia University where he became editor of Columbia’s literary magazine and contributed short anonymous pieces to humor magazines.
1883-1884 – After graduation in 1883, Bangs entered Columbia Law School but left in 1884 to become Associate Editor of Life under Edward S. Martin.
– Contributed many articles and poems to the magazine between 1884 and 1888. During this period, Bangs published his first books.
1888 – Bangs left Life to work at Harper’s Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and Harper’s Young People.
1889-1901 – Bangs held the title of Editor of the Departments of Humor for all three Harper’s magazines. Served as active editor of Harper’s Weekly.
– Served for a short time (January-June, 1889) as the first editor of Munsey’s Magazine and became editor of the American edition of the Harper-owned Literature from January to November, 1899.
1901-1903 – He left Harper & Brothers in 1901 and became editor of the New Metropolitan magazine in 1903.
1904 – He was appointed editor of Puck, perhaps the foremost American humor magazine of its day.
– In this period, he revived his earlier interest in drama. Agnes Hyde Bangs.
– His wife with whom he had three sons, died in 1903.
1922 – John Kendrick Bangs died on 21st of January at age of fifty-nine.