1649 – John Blow was born at North Collingham in Nottinghamshire.
1669 – Blow became organist of Westminster Abbey.
1673 – He was made a gentleman of the Chapel Royal.
– In September, he married Elizabeth Braddock.
1678 – He was a doctor of music.
1680 – He had retired or been dismissed to make way for Purcell.
1680-1687 – Wrote his stage composition, the Masque for the entertainment of the King, Venus and Adonis.
1682 – Blow wrote Great sir, the joy of all our hearts, an ode for New Year’s Day.
1685 – Named as one of the private musicians of James II.
1687 – Became master of the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral.
1695 – Elected organist of St Margaret’s, Westminste.
1699 – Appointed to the newly created post of Composer to the Chapel Royal.
1708 – He died on 1st of October at his house in Broad Sanctuary, and was buried in the north aisle of Westminster Abbey.